Fireman Archibald Mant passed away on 10 September 1971 aged 65.
Archibald, generally referred to as Archie, was born in Seaford Blatchington, Sussex, in 1906/7. The 1911 census listed him living at Field Cottage in the same village with his parents Arthur and Elizabeth and two brothers at the home of their maternal grandfather William Jordan.
On the occasion of his marriage in 1935 he moved to East Cowes and soon after joined the town's Fire Brigade. Mant was a butcher by trade and his work in the town was managing a butchers shop for Alice Frances Hann, her husband Tom having passed away almost a decade earlier.
Archie uprooted his family and moved away after the Cowes Blitz of May 1942. It may have been the case that their home was destroyed, or it could be that the butchers shop closed as Alice Hann was the Women's Voluntary Service volunteer who was killed alongside two Ryde firemen during the initial stages of the second wave of the attack.
At some point Archie and his family resided in Newport and throughout the war it is known that he served as a full-time member of the National Fire Service. When the war ended he first worked for Dewhurst's in Newport and then moved to Freshwater working for the same company. Here he continued to serve as a retained member of what was now the IW County Fire Brigade at Freshwater Fire Station. In total he spent 24 years in the fire service, retiring in 1962.
At the time of his death at the County Hospital in Ryde his home address was Chichester House, School Green Road, Freshwater.
Rest in peace Fireman Mant.