Fireman Alfred William Arnold of Newport Volunteer Fire Brigade passed away suddenly on 2 January 1906 aged 26.

 

Alfred was born in Wroxall in 1879 the son of Alfred senior, a labourer at a cement works, and Ellen. Alfred was the middle of seven siblings comprising one brother and five sisters.

By the time of the 1901 Census the family had relocated to 2 Shamrock Cottages in Newport's Hunnyhill and he was working as a labourer. In addition to being a member of the Volunteer Fire Brigade he also served as a pioneer in the headquarters company of the Island Rifle Volunteers. The County Press, on the occasion of his death, described him as a very impressive character. He had suffered a lingering illness for some time preceding his passing.

The funeral was held five days later at Carisbrooke and was attended by the Rifle Volunteers under Captain Miles Vicars and Lieutenant Frank King in addition to the members of the Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Earl Yarborough Lodge of Oddfellows. 

The cortege was headed by the firing party of the Volunteers, with rifles reversed and carried behind, then followed the band of the headquarter companies with muffled drums, playing mournful music, and next came the coffin borne on the engine of the Fire Brigade. A Union Jack covered the coffin, on which were placed the deceased's Volunteer and firemen's head-dress. Volunteers and firemen acted as bearers. 

The service at the Cemetery was conducted by the Rev. A.H.C. Edlin (chaplain to the Forces at Parkhurst Barracks). The Oddfellows burial service was read at the graveside by Grand Master Bro. H. Lower, and the solemn obsequies concluded with three volleys fired over the grave by the Volunteer firing party, and the sounding of the "Last Post" by the bugler.

 

Rest in peace Fireman Arnold.