Fireman George Scott passed away on 12 February 1940 aged 68.
George was born in Newport on 23 April 1872. His parents were William, a dairyman from Chale, and Celia a launderess. Aged 18 he still lived with his family in Newport and worked as a gardener. He shared his home with an elder brother Walter, a mason, and two younger siblings Arthur (16) and Ellen (12).
Soon after being recorded in the 1891 Census, George followed his elder brother into the trade of stonemasonry and it was this trade that he plied with noted success as an employee of the Corporation for the remainder of his working life.
Around the same time he also joined Newport Fire Brigade. He was one of the firemen caught up in the bungled pay dispute of early 1893 that saw every man effectively dismiss themselves by tendering a mass letter of resignation with the promise of withdrawal if their terms were not met. The feeling in the Guild Hall chamber was hostile to the demand and by the end of February the paid firemen, George being one, were forced to honour their resignations on the same day the Corporation installed the new members of the hurriedly created Newport Volunteer Fire Brigade.
However the beginnings of the Volunteers didn't run entirely smoothly and a substantial number quit while the suitability of others was questioned. Around eighteen months later the Corporation were forced to swallow a little humble pie in placing an advertisement in the County Press requesting a number of applicants as probationery firemen and further vacancies for qualified firemen. It being highly unlikely that qualified firemen just happened to have moved to Newport in the intermediate period it is obvious that this advertisement was directed at those previous members of the paid brigade.
George was one of the few who evidenced his philanthropy by returning to do on a voluntary basis the role he previously did for pay.
Soon after the Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Federation was formed and George became a leading member of Newport Volunteer Fire Brigade's competition drill team. When the town first hosted the event, at Church Litten on 16 September 1897, George was among the Newport team that claimed a home win of the coveted Battenburg Challenge Cup. He may well have been in the Newport team that won it for a second time in 1903 but unfortunately no record was kept of the names of the firemen.