Fireman Frederick George Burton of the J.S. White's Works Fire Brigade passed away on 9 October 1945 aged 44.
George was born in Cowes on 20 January 1901 the second son of Thomas (a machine miller at J.S. White's) and Fanny. The family lived at 9 Sun Hill but had moved to Warbourne Villas on Market Hill when the 1911 Census was taken. By then George was one of six children.
As a youth he served an apprenticeship at White's and by the time of the 1939 Register was listed as a shipwright in heavy work. He married Rita Sophia Jupe in 1929. Later their home was Owens, Pallance Road, Cowes.
For the majority of his employment at White's he was a member of the Works Fire Brigade and as such was one of the few who on hearing the sirens of the Second World War, ran not to the shelters but to the on-site fire station to deploy the pump and equipment in readiness.
The circumstances leading to his premature death are not known but the fact that he was at the I.W. County Hospital when he passed indicate a period of poor health. The Rev. W.E. Longney officiated at the funeral four days later which was well attended by both officials and colleagues from J.S. White's including four of his fellow firemen who carried his coffin and other works firemen from the White's brigades at West Cowes, East Cowes and Somerton. The firemen laid their own wreath in addition to that of the directors on behalf of J.S. White's.
Rest in peace Fireman Burton.