Dave's daughter Beverley, kindly supplied with me with some more details of his life and service.
His primary employment was that of builder for Langdon's and he also collected the newspapers from the early ferry and distributed them around the shops. During one such early excursion he came across a meandering bunch of youngsters seeking directions and transport to the festival at Afton Down; not being one to leave the youths feeling unwelcome on the Island, Dave piled them into his vehicle and took them direct to Freshwater. He enjoyed motor transport and especially motorcycles. Building one from scratch in the front room of his home went well until it was time to ride the machine on the open road, for which the window had to be removed.
In 1965 he was one of five Ryde firemen who appeared in an article accompanied by a group photograph in the County Press. The Press article began 'Holidaymakers arriving at Ryde Pier Head on Saturday afternoon had what they thought was a grandstand view of a fire on the pier as firemen fought a blaze only a few yards from where the Portsmouth boats berth.'
In fact what they were witnessing was a fire service drill competition for Island teams organised by the British Rail Board. In the 1960's the railways Pier Head firefighting party were highly successful in events nationwide and were national champions in the earlier part of the decade. On this occasion the Board wished to see their men pitched against teams from the County Brigade, the Post Office and various local works brigades.
The five-man trailer-pump competition was won by Dave alongside four of his Ryde colleagues and it was they who the County Press selected to feature in the published photograph (below).