Newport's Shand Mason manual fire engine, acquired during the tenure of Superintendent Reynolds.

Superintendent James Reynolds of Newport Fire Brigade passed away on 27 April 1911 aged 86.

James was Newport born in 1825. No record of his younger life has been located until his marriage to Jane Edmunds in 1846. Their married life took them to 45 New Street and 17 Chapel Street with sons George (1846) and Charles (1848). 

In the same year as Charles's birth James joined Newport's fire brigade as a fireman. In 1869  James achieved promotion to brigade superintendent and five years later was in that position when the town acquired it's new Shand Mason fire engine - the appliance which is today displayed at the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service training centre. 

in 1879 aged 54 his wife suddenly passed away. Within twelve months James had remarried, to widow Tabitha Jane Burden at Node Hill's Congregational Church. In the same year he retired from the fire brigade and the couple relocated to 127 Trafalgar Road with Tabitha's 8-year-old daughter Matilda. James, who had been a carpenter, was by then employed as a builders foreman by the Royal Brewery.

The 1911 census, taken just days before his death, records James and Tabitha living with a 43-year-old niece Phoebe Newman at Fernbank, Broadlands, Fairlee Road. 

James had been unwell for a protracted period prior to his death of 27 April 1911 and was warmly eulogised in the County Press for being a highly esteemed townsman. 

Rest in peace Supt. Reynolds.