Fireman Norman James Charles Dyer of Ventnor Company of the National Fire Service, passed away on 2 January 1958 aged 51.
Norman was born in Ventnor on 13 September 1906. His father William was a gardener, his mother Alice originated from Wroxall. At the time of the 1911 Census his parents were both 39 years of age and Norman, then 4 years old, was their only child. At the time the family resided at 8 Sydney Terrace, Newport Road, Upper Ventnor.
As a young man Norman was apprenticed as a painter and decorator to Mr T. Brading and in later years continued in the trade under Mr H.W. Gregory.
The 1939 Register located Norman living at 4 Highcliff Cottage, York Road, with his mother and a Kathleen Dyer born in 1914. As the entry clearly states that both Norman and Kathleen were single, it seems probable that the latter was a younger sister.
The Register makes no mention of Norman's fire service membership, which it normally did in such cases, and Press reports following his death state that he was formerly a member of the National Fire Service without mention of the Auxiliaries, so it can be assumed that his service began no earlier than August 1941.
Later in the war he left the fire service and joined the Royal Artillery with whom he remained until the cessation of hostilities.
At some stage during the war he was to marry (wife's name unknown) and they had a son John M. Dyer, who was only 13 when his father passed away. In addition to his trade and service Norman was a popular member of the local Angling Club.
Norman's death was said to have come after a long and painful illness. His funeral was attended by close family, friends, the Angling Club and a representation of the IW County Fire Brigade.
Rest in peace Fireman Dyer.