One of the earliest group images of Shanklin Fire Brigade, captured during Fireman King's service.

Fireman Samuel King of Shanklin Fire Brigade passed away on 3 October 1927 aged 76. 


Samuel was born in Southampton in 1852 but moved to the Isle of Wight while still young. By 1881 he was aged 29, married to Ann Elizabeth and earning a living as a master blacksmith. The couple lived with their three sons and one daughter at 1 Medina Villa. 


Five years after that year's Census Samuel was one of the first men to volunteer for the Distict Council's new Shanklin Fire Brigade (superceding the town's non-local authority controlled voluntary brigade). By 1891 their eldest son, Samuel junior, had left home and the couple had produced a fourth son and two more daughters. Two years later Samuel resigned from the fire brigade on 1 August for reasons unknown.


The first Census of the twentieth century found the family living at Ivy Bower, Western Road, where Samuel and Ann were to spend the rest of their lives. Throughout this period and for some time before Samuel was plying his trade on his own account and became a well known and reliable tradesman of the town.


His funeral was attended by Honorary Chief Officer William Spencer and current Chief Officer Harry Newton Bull and a wreath was laid on behalf of Shanklin Fire Brigade.


Rest in peace Fireman King.