Fireman Alfred Charles Perkis of Ryde Fire Brigade passed away on 8 October 1950 aged 77.
Alfred was born in Ryde in 1873, the son of Henry, a cooper, and Annie. By the time of the 1891 Census, at just 14 years old, Alfred was both living and working as a page at the Royal Yacht Club in St Thomas's Street along with his elder brother William Henry.
In 1897 he married Amy Eliza Munford on Valentine's Day at Ryde's Holy Trinity in Dover Street. The 1901 Census evidences that they were living with Alfred's parents at Henley Cottage in Trinity Street and Alfred is earning a living as a grocer's carman. He later served as a carter of the Corporation and remained in that post for over thirty years.
In 1916 aged 39 he joined Ryde Fire Brigade and remained an active member until 1936 at which point he was awarded a life membership star, his NFBA long service medal and from his colleagues a dining room clock.
His funeral at All Saints Church on the Thursday following his death was attended by members of the Ryde section of the fledgling Isle of Wight County Fire Brigade.
Rest in peace Fireman Perkis.