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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Sandown -
- Fire Brigade War Memorial and Roll of Service -

Location

In Sandown Fire Station, East Yar Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

These Memorials are not recorded by the War Memorials Archive.
 
Historic England Listing Status

This building is not Listed.
 
Description

A brass plaque naming 2 Fire Brigade men from Sandown who died in the First World War.

A smaller plaque records that it was unveiled by H.R.H. Princess Beatrice on 21st July 1921, the same day that the main Sandown War Memorial was dedicated.

The Roll of Service names the two Firemen who died, and records the 12 other Fire Officers and Men of the Brigade who also served.

Originally sited in the Fire Station in Grafton Street, it was relocated when the new Fire Station was built.

It is presumed that the Roll of Service was also created in about 1921, and relocated with the brass plaque at the same time.
Memorials


 

 
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Inscription

IN MEMORY OF
FIREMEN
HUGH D. DENNETT
EDWARD J. CASSFORD
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

SANDOWN I.W.
F. OSBORNE & CO LTD LONDON

THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED
- ON -
21ST JULY 1921
- BY -
H.R.H. PRINCESS BEATRICE

Great War 1914- 18

Roll of Service

E J Cassford    Pte. 2nd Hants.    Killed, Gallipoli    6/8/15
H B Dennett    Pte. R.A.M.C.    Killed, France 18/10/18

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H B BillupsCapt. R.A.M.C.
W H BrownSgt. B.R.C.S.
S JolliffeA.M. 1 R.N.A.S.
Sid. BrownSgt. B.R.C.S.
C ClarkSpr. R.E.
B HolbrookLdg. A.C. R.N.A.S.
C SmithP.O. (Mech) R.N.
E W DraperSgt. Mjr. B.R.C.S.
T NashCpl. B.R.C.S.
Stan. Brown    Pte. B.R.C.S.
M StannardPte 1/4 Hants
F TaylorPte. B.R.C.S.

Further Information
 
Name Links
 
Hugh Baker Dennett CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave at Christ Church, Sandown
Note that the plaque gives his middle initial incorrectly as D - his middle name was Baker
Edward John Cassford CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave at Christ Church, Sandown

EntryServiceFull name and other details1911 Census
H B BillupsCapt. R.A.M.C.Howard Barclay Billups, M.B., b. 1872. 'Wollaston', Station Avenue, Sandown. Medical Practitioner.
W H BrownSgt. B.R.C.S.Wilfred Henry Brown, b. 1875 24 Leed Street, Sandown. Bricklayer.
S JolliffeA.M. 1 R.N.A.S.Stanley Jolliffe, b. 26 May 1876 Spencer Villa, York Road, Sandown. Carpenter.
Sid. BrownSgt. B.R.C.S.Sidney Brown, b. 1878 24 Fitzroy Street, Sandown. Bricklayer.
C ClarkSpr. R.E.Cecil Clark, b.1885. 'Beltraona', St John's Road, Sandown. Plumber and Gas Fitter.
B HolbrookLdg. A.C. R.N.A.S.Bert Holbrook, b. 31 Aug 1890 18 Avenue Road, Sandown. Cabinet Maker.
C SmithP.O. (Mech) R.N.Charles Smith, b. 7 Oct 1887 2 Heath Cottage, Heath Road, Lake. Blacksmith.
E W DraperSgt. Mjr. B.R.C.S.Ernest William Draper, b. 1889 Newport Rd, Lake. Gardener (domestic).
T NashCpl. B.R.C.S.Thomas William Nash, b. 1877 17 St John's Road, Sandown. Plumber.
Stan. BrownPte. B.R.C.S.Stanley Brown, b. 1885 Windsor House, Sandown. Bricklayer.
M StannardPte 1/4 HantsErnest Milo Stannard, b. 1880 1 Herbert Villa, Station Avenue, Sandown. House Painter.
F TaylorPte. B.R.C.S.Frederick Taylor, b. 1863 9 Rosebery Terrace, Broadway, Sandown. Gardener (Jobbing).

B.R.C.S. = British Red Cross Society.

Bert Holbrook was a cousin of George Frederick Holbrook and second cousin of Henry Michael O'Hare who are both commemorated on Sandown War Memorial.

Documents and Newspaper Reports :

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS

Saturday, November 7, 1914 Page 8

THE ISLAND AND THE WAR
SANDOWN
Four members of the Sandown Fire Brigade - Messrs. W.H. Brown, Sidney Brown, Bert Holbrook, and E. Draper - have left for ambulance duties at the Front. They each hold ambulance certificates and are members of the Fire Brigade Division of the Red Cross. There are six members of the Brigade serving in various capacities, Hugh Dennett being with the 26th Field Ambulance while E.J. Cassford is with the 3rd Hants.



Isle of Wight County Press, 27 Feb 1915

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS

Saturday, March 23, 1918 Page 5

THE ISLAND AND THE WAR
SANDOWN
The Mons ribbon has been awarded to the first four members of the Fire Brigade who went on ambulance work to France in the early days of the war. They are Wilfred and Sidney Brown, Ernest Draper and Bert Holbrook.

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS

Saturday, July 30, 1921

Previous to leaving the town the Princess visited the Fire-station, where she was welcomed by Honorary-Chief-Officer J. Dore, and graciously unveiled a brass tablet to the memory of Firemen Hugh Dennett and Edward J. Cassford, members of the Brigade who gave their lives in the war. Mr Dore referred to the excellent war service of the Brigade, and, after unveiling the memorial the Princess asked that the mothers of the two men might be presented to her. The chief officer of the Brigade, Dr. H.B. Billups, was also presented to Her Royal Highness.

Part of a report on the unveiling of Sandown War Memorial by H.R.H. Princess Beatrice. It would seem from this that the unveiling of Sandown War Memorial and the Fire Brigade plaque took place on Monday 25 July 1921, not 21 July 1921.

Acknowledgments :

Thanks to staff at Sandown Fire Station for permission to photograph the Memorials

Janet Griffin for further newspaper research

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page last updated : 15 July 2015 (added further newspaper report)


 
 

 
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