Fireman James Henry Perkis of Ryde Fire Brigade passed away on 11 September 1917 aged 67.


James was born in Ryde in early 1850, the son of James senior, a licensed porter of the town, and Jane who worked in a laundry. As a child he lived at 41 Hill Street and by the time of the Census of 1871 he still lived with his parents and some siblings in the same street but now at number 13.

In 1879 he married Caroline Emily Denham but peculiarly the census of two years later shows him still living at number 13 with his ageing parents, now aged now 26 years old.

Ten years passed and he was still at 13 but now as head of the household with his wife, two daughters and two sons and earning his living as a bricklayer. By this stage he had appeared in several newspaper references to the fire brigade. The family remained at 13 right through until the 1911 Census which evidences at 60 years of age he was still employed in the building trade. 

He died at his long term home on 11 September 1917 falling ill only a short while after retiring. The Press of the day referred to him as a well known local builder.

Rest in peace Fireman Perkis.