From discussing this move with Jan, it seems apparent that Reginald was one of the Island firemen who volunteered to serve in the capital in order to give a city fireman a relative break after many years of exhausting blitz firefighting.
Such exchanges became increasingly common and were much appreciated by some of the shattered firemen of London who benefitted from a few months service in a relatively low-risk environment such as the Isle of Wight. Reginald remained in London until the end of November where he sustained an in-service injury, and was then placed on the NFS reserve list.
On 27 March 1946 he returned to service at Ryde at what was then, following a post-war reorganisation of the NFS, known as station Delta Four (Ryde retains its number 'four' designation to this day). He remained in continous retained service until 1 April 1948 when the imposition of the Fire Services Act enforced the disbandment of the NFS and the Isle of Wight County Fire Brigade was established, his record showing on that date IWCFB as his employer.
Throughout this service the family home, where Reginald and Dorothy raised their daughters, was 18 Well Street, Ryde. On 15 September 1955 he was among over-100 members of the service and retired veterans who attended Newport Fire Station where a restored Victorian manual fire engine was presented to the service by its owner. That engine is the Shand Mason appliance that today resides at the service training centre in Ryde. Reginald's attendance was two-fold, both as a service show of appreciation to one Mr King for donating the appliance and also as Reginald was among the first group of Island firemen to be awarded the Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, instituted just over a year earlier, presented to him and eleven others by Mr King . His record evidences that he became officially entitled to the medal on 2 December 1954.
Reginald passed away aged 55, at the Royal National Hospital on 25 July 1961 just under five months after he retired from the fire service to which he had given so much of his life.
Rest in peace Fireman Bartrum.
Thank you Jan (nee Bartrum) for the long trip from Cambridgeshire to revisit old haunts and for the visit to the modern Ryde Fire Station and for the honour of being appointed custodian of Reginald's helmet and medals.