Fireman Frederick Alan Rae was killed in action with London Fire Brigade on 17 October 1940 aged 21.
Frederick was born in 1918, the son of Robert Denham Rae and Gerttrude Ellen who lived at St Eloi, The Avenue, Totland. No records exist to suggest what work Frederick was involved in when he first left school but by 1935 his elder brother (by five years) Hector Robert, was a member of the Freshwater Rover Scouts Fire Brigade that attended a serious fire in the bar of the Royal Standard Hotel on 2 January 1935.
No doubt Frederick was impressed by the activities of his senior sibling and soon followed suit. When the Freshwater and Totland Joint Fire Brigade Committee formed a combined brigade in March 1938, colloquially termed the West Wight Fire Brigade, Frederick was appointed the role of Second Engineer, quite an achievement for one so young.
It was a role he didn't fulfil for long. By December of the same year the Brigade were disappointed to lose him but wished him well for the future of his full-time career with London Fire Brigade. It is known that he served at Southwark Fire Station, station No. 60 of the LFB, and was resident at the station with dozens of others when the 1939 Register was taken of the premises at 94 Southwark Bridge Road.