Fire Brigade deaths

Death from drowning of Fireman John WILLAN

Death from drowning of Fireman John WILLAN

Liverpool Mercury Oct 28th, 1853

Conflagration on board a steamer and loss of life

At 2,30am on Wednesday an alarming fire broke out on board the steam-tug Dreadnought, then lying alongside the pier of the King's Dock. Two or three men were on the vessel at the time preparing it for sea, as it was intended to despatch her in the morning to assist in laying down the sub-marine telegraph between Portpatrick and Donaghadee. The fire was first noticed by Thomas JOLIFFE, and the engineer of the steam-tug Sampson, who rendered great assistance in subduing the flames. Information of the fire was promptly conveyed to the fire-station, and in a short time Mr HEWITT and Captain GREIG, with two engines and several firemen were on the spot, and found that the hold of the vessel both fore and aft, was extensively on fire, and notwithstanding every exertion, an hour and a half elapsed before it was subdued, owing to the flames raging between the "stringers" and the hold of the vessel. At first fears were entertained that the vessel would be entirely destroyed. It is to be regretted that one of the firemen who stood upon the pier directing a hose upon the flames, lost his balance and was thrown in the river and drowned. Every exertion was made to save the unfortunate man but without success. His name was Edward WILLAN, No 606 [real name John]of the fire-brigade, and he was an active officer. His body was recovered in half an hour after he had fallen into the water. Two other firemen, HARDING and GREY, fell into the hold of the vessel in consequence of the bearings belonging to the hatch upon which the men were standing, having been consumed. Water was immediately played into the hold and a ladder, at hand, was placed below, and the men were quickly rescued, but not before they were seriously injured. It is not known how the fire originated, the steamer was insured by the Phoenix Insurance Company.

Liverpool Mercury Nov 4th, 1853

At the weekly meeting of the Dock Committee, the clerk read a communication he had received from the coroner addressed to the chairman of the Dock Committee stating that an inquest had been held on Wednesday week on the body of the policeman John WILLAN who was drowned at the King's Pierhead, while in the discharge of his duty, and on delivering their verdict the jury made a presentment to the effect that it was of their opinion there was a manifest want of lights and life protectors along the King's Pierhead there being no lamps of life buoys as their ought to be, they should be supplied by the authorities. The Chairman stated the property belonged to the Corporation and the communication would be forwarded to the town clerk.

Funeral of the late Superintendent MOORE

Funeral of the late Superintendent MOORE

Liverpool Mercury, Feb 13th 1877

Funeral of the late Superintendent MOORE

The remains of the late William MOORE, who was for many years, Deputy-superintendent of the Liverpool Fire Brigade, wee consigned to their last resting place in Onchan Churchyard, near Douglas, I.O.M, on Sunday last. The funeral cortege was a numerous one, and among those present were several members of the Liverpool Police Force, who attended at the graveside to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of their deceased comrade. The funeral service was read by Rev John HOWARD.

Death and funeral of the late Superintendent George COPLAND

Death and funeral of the late Superintendent George COPLAND

Liverpool Mercury, April 5th 1880

Death of Mr COPLAND, Superintendent of the Liverpool Fire Service

Superintendent George COPLAND of the Liverpool Fire-police department died somewhat suddenly about 6.40 am on Saturday, at his residence the Central Fire Station, Hatton Garden. For some time past, though apparently in robust health, Mr COPLAND had been complaining of restlessness and inability to sleep, but, though he was under the care of Dr PUGH, of St Paul's Square, he did not apprehend any immediate danger, and he attended to his arduous duties in the usual indefatigable manner. So recently as Wednesday last he went out on an engine to Great Mersey St, where a fire had been telegraphed. It was of a trifling character and was put out in a few minutes, but it is supposed that the sudden exertion, in his delicate state of health, must have had a serious affect on him, for he went to bed immediately upon returning to the station, and Dr PUGH was sent for. Mr COPLAND'S invariable custom was to attend to the alarm bell immediately at any hour day or night and he was always ready to jump on an engine as it was leaving the gate. It thus happened that he was always present at the very beginning of operations, acting up to his motto that, "The first five minutes at a fire is better than the next half hour" He remained in bed by the doctor's instructions, and on Friday night Dr PUGH endeavoured to administer morphia to produce sleep. As a preliminary he was placed slightly under the influence of chloroform, and he seemed to obtain some relief. He never rallied, however, and passed away at the time stated, in the opinion of the doctor, from heart disease.

Mr COPLAND was appointed Superintendent of the Fire Brigade at the end of 1874, and commenced duties in January, 1875, when Mr HANCOX was promoted from that department to the position of chief superintendent of police. At the time of his appointment it was felt that a gentleman skilled in the mechanism of the steam fire engines would be a great acquisition to the force, and the choice of the town council and the head constable Major GREIG, fell upon Mr COPLAND, who had been many years in the service of Messers Merryweather and Sons, of Long-acre and Lambeth, London, the well-known manufacturers of the steam fire engines supplied to all the great cities of Europe as well as the principal towns and cities of the British Islands. For some years before his Liverpool appointment it was the chief part of his duty to go abroad with the engines of the firm and instruct the fire brigades of the various cities on the continent in their manipulation and construction. He was specially sent for to superintend operations at the time of the great fire in St Petersburg, and after the Communists had set fire to Paris it was Mr COPLAND who superintended the chief operations there also, and his services at that juncture were handsomely recognised by the Government of M. THIERS who presented him, among other marks of esteem, with an address amounting to a national vote of thanks for his service. After his appointment as superintendent of the Liverpool Fire-police, Mr COPLAND deservedly secured the esteem of all with whom he had business relations, and the expression of regret for his untimely death are sincere and widespread. The deceased is aged 37 yrs, and leaves a widow and two infant children.

Liverpool Mercury, April 7th 1880

The funeral of Mr COPLAND, Superintendent of the Liverpool Fire Service

The Funeral of the late Superintendent George COPLAND of the Liverpool Fire-police department took place yesterday at Anfield Cemetery, where several thousand persons had congregated. Between 1 and 2pm 100 men of the fire department and 50 of the other police were drawn up in the central fire station, Hatton Garden, at the residence of the deceased, where they were marshalled by Chief-superintendent HANCOX, assisted by 6 inspectors. About 2pm the funeral cortege moved off in the following order :-

30 officers under an inspector walked in front, followed by a manual engine drawn by two horses, bearing the coffin, which was surmounted by the dress helmet and belt of the deceased. Beside it marched 6 pall-bearers, of the fire police department, namely, COOPER, 992, LAMB, 153, CONVERY, 532, HUGHES, 572, RANKING, 432, and WILSON, 677. Next followed the two engineers, MORREN and TURNER, and the two deputy-superintendents, NESBIT and M'WILLIAM. 4 funeral coaches containing the relatives and friends of the deceased, came next in order.

In the first coach were Mr A. COPLAND [father], Mr H. COPLAND [brother], of the deceased, Mr WADDINGTON, Mr G. WILLIAMS, superintendent of the detective department, Mr KISSACK, principal clerk of the chief constable, Mr W. PAGE, C.E, representing the firm of Merryweather and Sons, London, in the absence of Mr MERRYWEATHER who had intended to be present.

In the second coach were Mr JONES, Mr KEMP, captain of the Chester fire brigade, Mr HINCKS, lieutenant of the Chester fire brigade, Mr CALDWELL, statistical clerk in the Liverpool police office, and Mr LEDDER, the governor of the main bridewell.

In the third coach were Mr THEAKSTONE, storekeeper at the central police station, and Messers DEAVENPORT, COOPER, BATSON, and TREASURE

In the fourth coach were Messers CHAPMAN, R. YELLAND, T. YELLAND and LEA.

Then followed 100 men of the Liverpool fire-police, and 12 men of the West Derby volunteer fire brigade, under Mr HURST, all in full uniform. The Salvage corps next followed, with their carriage and 10 men, under Messers YELLAND and LONGBOTTOM. There was also in the procession Inspectors YATES and WHITTINGHAM, and 12 men of the water department.

The scene outside the fire station was very imposing, all the streets in the neighbourhood being thronged with people. The cortege reached the cemetery about 3pm, the whole route lined with people who beheld the procession with profound respect, and at the cemetery among those who were present were Major GREIG, chief-constable, Lieut-Colonel HAMILTON, Mr T. HUNTINGTON, the ex-president of the Great Crosby Fire Brigade, Inspector John JACKSON of the detective-department, and a number of the bridewell keepers and clerks, and many personal friends and acquaintances of the deceased who were unable to join in the funeral procession.

The funeral service having been read, the remains were deposited in a grave in which lie buried two infant children of the deceased. Mr COPLAND was the third chief of the fire-police department in Liverpool and the first who died while holding that position, his predecessors in that office being Mr HEWITT, who held it for about 40yrs, and Mr HANCOX, who was promoted to chief-superintendent after holding it for about 2yrs.

Mr COPLAND leaves a widow and two infant children, for whom some permanent provision is about to be made by a number of influential gentlemen who knew and appreciated the valuable services rendered to the public by the deceased, Messers E. W. YATES and Co, bankers, will receive contributions towards a fund for that purpose. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr T. MAGUIRE of Myrtle St.

Death of Fireman Edward HUGHES

Death of Fireman Edward HUGHES

Liverpool Mercury April 21st, 1892

Sudden death of a Liverpool Fireman

Last evening Inspector Edward HUGHES, who had charge of the fire brigade at the north end of the city, died suddenly at the fire station in Athol St, from acute inflammation of the lungs and pleurisy. Last week he attended several heavy fires, and must have suffered from the intense heat and cold. He took ill suddenly on Monday and although medical aid was at once brought he rapidly sank. He was in his 45th year, and held in high esteem by his comrades.

Liverpool Mercury April 22nd, 1892

Inspector HUGHES will be interred at Llanasa Cemetery on Sunday 24th inst. The cortege will leave Athol St at 7am to meet the 8am Woodside boat for conveyance by train to Prestatyn.

Deputy-superintendent BAMBER of the Liverpool Salvage Corps

Deputy-superintendent BAMBER of the Liverpool Salvage Corps

Liverpool Mercury, March 29th 1893

Sudden death of a Salvage man

Inquest, At Bootle on the body of Joseph Heaton BAMBER, aged 39, one of the Salvage Brigade at Hatton Garden, Liverpool. The deceased was looking after the salvage arrangements at the scene of the late fire at Atlantic Rd, Bootle, and at an early hour that morning was seen to go into the office presumably to sleep. About 5am, Salvage-man M'WILLIAMS went to the door and finding it locked burst it open. He then saw the deceased lying on the floor in an unconscious state. Engineer WATERMAN of the Bootle Fire Brigade tried artificial respiration and the deceased was taken to hospital, where he died.

Liverpool Mercury, March 31st, 1893

Funeral of Liverpool Salvage Officer

The funeral of Deputy-superintendent BAMBER of the Liverpool Salvage Corps [who was suffocated in a Bootle cotton warehouse fire] took place yesterday afternoon at Anfield Cemetery. This being the first funeral of a member since the corps was organised some 25yrs ago the local brigades were well represented. The departure of the procession from Hatton Garden was witnessed by a large number of people. The cortege consisted of an open hearse and several mourning coaches, containing the relatives and friends of the deceased and several gentlemen from the insurance companies committee.

Contingents of men were sent by the Liverpool Fire Brigade, under Inspector M'CORMACK, the Old Swan Fire Brigade under Foreman ELLIS, and the Bootle Fire Brigade under Superintendent ROBERTS. Members of the Salvage Corps under Chief Officer BEALE and Superintendent JONES, marched by the side of one of their carriages, while the firemen rode on their engine.

The funeral of Mr Henry BEALE, Chief-officer of the Liverpool Salvage Brigade

The funeral of Mr Henry BEALE, Chief-officer of the Liverpool Salvage Brigade

Liverpool Mercury, Nov 17th, 1896

Funeral of Mr Henry BEALE

The funeral of Mr Henry BEALE, Chief-officer of the Liverpool Salvage Brigade took place yesterday at Anfield Cemetery, in the presence of a large body of colleagues and friends. The deceased has been in active service in London and Liverpool for upwards of 28 years, and his death which took place at the Northern Hospital at 12pm on Friday, from a somewhat sudden attack of scarlet fever, is greatly deplored by the officers and men of the brigade associated with him. The funeral cortege left the headquarters at Hatton Garden at 2.30pm, a large crowd had assembled to witness the start, who were controlled by Superintendent HASSALL, Inspector TAYLOR and a posse of constables. Included in the cortege were two salvage traps, with 24 men, under Superintendents GELLAND and CABLE, a fire brigade manual engine under Chief-superintendent WILLIS, of the Liverpool Brigade, which on leaving the headquarters, was surrounded by a guard of honour, including Deputy-superintendent THOMAS and Engineers MORREN and TATE, and Sergeant ELLIOTT, who were on duty and could not therefore attend the funeral. Superintendent MONK represented the Birkenhead Brigade, and there was also in attendance Superintendent ROBERTS and a number of his staff on a Bootle manual engine, and a Crosby fire brigade manual, under Superintendent ARMSTRONG. As all the firemen and salvage men were in full uniform the procession was of an imposing character.

The chief mourners were Mrs BEALE [widow], Mr RE. BEALE, [son, Miss BEALE, [daughter], Mr R. BEALE, [brother]. Others present included the following members committee of the Salvage Association :-

Messers, J. M'LAREN [chairman], W. RICHARDSON [deputy-chairman], W. R. JONES, W. RICKMAN, Edward WHALLEY, O. Morgan OWEN, T. BAKER, J. W. MARSDEN and ANDERSON Jnr, Dr T. M. DAWSON, Messers H. C. ROUGHLEY [chief clerk], W. A. THOMAS, [surveyor], Superintendent JONES, W. LINTON [Chalmers, Wade and Co, auditors], J. C. BENNETT, C. W. LANGFORD, SMITH, W. J. BROWN [Kent Fire Insurance Company], Mr William M'LAREN, [Royal Insurance Company], the representative of the Westminster Fire Office, G. D. BURRELL Jnr, R. ROBERTS [local Warehousing Company], SANDEMAN, YOUNG, MIDDLEHURST, Superintendent ADAMS, [London Salvage Corps], Mr B. R. ISAAC, [National Fire Brigade Union] Mr James CULLEN, Superintendent SHIMMIN, and Inspector THOMPSON and twelve watermen.

Funeral of William TILSTON of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Funeral of William TILSTON of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Liverpool Mercury, Aug 2nd, 1897

Funeral of a member of the Bootle Fire Brigade

The funeral took place yesterday at Ford Cemetery of William TILSTON, Denbigh St, Bootle, who had been for nearly 4 yrs a member of the auxiliary branch of the Bootle Fire Brigade, and who succumbed last Wednesday to a sudden attack of English cholera. The service was attended by Superintendent ROBERTS, Deputy-superintendent COLLINS, Engineer COLE, and a staff of the brigade with a hose tender, a manual engine, and the steamer Ibbs. There was also in attendance a detachment of the deceased's comrades of the Naval Reserve under Mr W. M'CLOUD. The coffin was borne on a hose tender, and covered with the Union Jack, upon which was placed the deceased's helmet and axe. Wreaths were sent by the Bootle Fire Brigade, the Liverpool Salvage Corps, and numerous friends. The deceased leaves a widow and four children.

Funeral of John ELLIOTT of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Funeral of John ELLIOTT of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Liverpool Mercury, Nov 16th, 1897

Funeral of a member of the Bootle Fire Brigade

John ELLIOTT, a member of the auxiliary branch of the Bootle Fire Brigade for 8yrs died under melancholy circumstances at the Bootle Hospital last Wednesday. He was afflicted with disease of the heart which had laid him low for several months. He leaves a widow and six children, the youngest being only 6 weeks old. The funeral took place on Sunday morning at the Bootle Parish Churchyard, the body being conveyed to the ground on a hose tender, and accompanied by most members of the brigade under Superintendent ROBERTS. There was also a party of Orangemen present to show a last token of respect to their departed member of the order.

The funeral of Mr Harry STONEMAN, Deputy-superintendent of the Salvage Corps

The funeral of Mr Harry STONEMAN, Deputy-superintendent of the Salvage Corps

Liverpool Mercury, July 22nd, 1899

Funeral of a Salvage Corps Official

The funeral of Mr Harry STONEMAN, Deputy-superintendent of the Salvage Corps [Vauxhall Rd, Station] took place yesterday afternoon at Anfield Park Cemetery. The chief mourners were Mrs Harry STONEMAN [widow], Daisy STONEMAN, [daughter], Harry STONEMAN [son], Mr and Mrs STONEMAN, [father and mother], Rev J. B. STONEMAN, of Newcastle [brother], Mrs DOBSON [sister], Mr and Mrs FOSTER, Mr and Mrs ROBERTS, Mr and Mrs PEET [brothers-in-law and sisters], Mrs William BRAMWELL [niece], Mr John MACDONALD and Mr Harry MACDONALD [nephews], Miss Ada MACDONALD [niece] Mr Joseph MACDONALD [nephew], Mr William MUIR [Chief-officer Hatton Garden] under whose command three hose carriages were in attendance, James CABLE [Superintendent, Vauxhall Rd], Thomas WEIR, [Deputy-superintendent Liverpool Fire Brigade] John HOWARTH, [Superintendent, Wallasey Fire Brigade], and Robert SHIMMIN, [Chief-superintendent water department].

The Bootle and Birkenhead fire stations were also present. Among the friends present were ex-Inspector LAWRENSON, ex- Superintendent J. JONES, T. EADY, J. JONES and M. SINNOTT. The funeral service was conducted by Rev Peter M'MILLAN. The coffin was borne to the graveside by six of the deceased's comrades, E. BROWN, T. BENTON, C. H. APPLETON, J. WALKER, W. BRADBORN and H. BEASLEY. The coffin was polished oak, and the brass plate bore the inscription, "Harry STONEMAN, Died 19th July, 1899, aged 39 years". The funeral arrangements were carried out by J. WAUGH and Sons, Scotland Rd.

Extracts Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Fire Brigade

Liverpool Echo, 1916

HAMPTON, Jan 18th, 52 Bowley Rd, Stoneycroft, William aged 51, beloved husband of Mary, 27 years a member of the Liverpool Fire Brigade. Interment West Derby Cemetery

HOFFMAN, 24th, Aug, William Frederick, aged 35, D.S.M, accidentally drowned in collision between boats when returning to his ship H.M.S EURYALUS, beloved husband of Eva, 20 Rockley St, late Liverpool Fire Brigade.

Liverpool Echo, 1917

KELLY, April 12th, 10 Mallow Rd, Kensington, William aged 61, beloved husband of Frances of South View, Onchan, I.O.M. Late Liverpool Fire Brigade. Interment West Derby Cemetery

WYNN, April 18th, 61 Woodhall Rd, Old Swan, after a painful illness Price, beloved husband of Sarah, late Liverpool Fire Brigade. Interment at Fazakerley on Monday

BROWN, Nov 11th, 8 Rivington Rd, Egremont, dearly beloved husband of Marie, Edmund, ex-chief officer Glasgow Salvage Corps and formerly Superintendent, Wallasey Fire Brigade

McCORMICK, Dec 26th, suddenly, Samuel McCORMICK, late Inspector Liverpool Fire Brigade

Liverpool Echo, 1918

CASS, Jan 20th, 341 Upper Parliament St, Thomas J. CASS, Sergeant Liverpool Fire Brigade, beloved husband of Caroline.

Sergeant KEWIT of the Liverpool Fire Brigade

Sergeant KEWIT of the Liverpool Fire Brigade

March 16th 1921

Fireman killed by falling wall

Damage estimated at 150 thousand pounds was caused by a fire which broke out yesterday morning at the Hanover St factory of Messers AYRTON SAUNDERS and Co Ltd, wholesale druggists, Liverpool. When the flames were at last under control only the four bare walls of the factory were standing.

During the day Sergeant KEWIT of the Liverpool Fire Brigade, lost his life through the collapse of a wall which fell on to the floor upon which he was working. The floor gave way and the unfortunate man was buried under the debris. After several hours work the body was recovered. The building was still alight at a late hour last night

Mr James Cecil MONK, Chief-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Mr James Cecil MONK, Chief-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Feb 2, 1927

Fatal slip whilst fighting fire

Brigade Chief's death

As a result of injuries received from a 20ft fall while combating an outbreak of fire at a Bootle cotton warehouse, where damages amounting to 80 pounds were done, Mr James Cecil MONK, Chief-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade, died yesterday. When the fire was at its height in the early hours of Monday morning Chief Officer MONK fell from a second storey delivery door into the street receiving severe skull fractures. It was thought that half blinded by the smoke, he missed his footing when directing operations near the doorway. Mr MONK, who was only 38, was appointed Chief Officer in the Bootle Brigade in November last, after 12 yrs service, previous to which he was with the Eccles and Birmingham Brigades. His father was Chief of the Birkenhead Brigade, and afterwards held a similar post at Leeds.

>Mr John, COLE, former Chief-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Mr John, COLE, former Chief-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade

March 5th 1929

John COLE, former chief-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade who died at Waterloo, yesterday, aged 69, attended 3,500 fires during his 36 yrs service, including the great fire at the Canada Dock in 1893 and the great warehouse fires at the time of the Sinn Fein troubles.

>Death of Constable Robert CRELLIN

Death of Constable Robert CRELLIN

July 17th 1929

Killed by a fall downstairs

Shortly before he was due to parade for duty last evening Constable CRELLIN, fireman of 33 Monastry Rd, Anfield, was found on the landing of the foot of the stairs at the fire brigade headquarters, Liverpool, with serious injuries to the head and legs. He had apparently tripped and fell down the stairs, for another fireman also preparing for duty heard a thud. CRELLIN died later in hospital. He was married and going on duty for the first time after being off duty for a period


Lancashire Daily Post, Jan 17th 1930

A fire engine tender carried the coffin to the cemetery at the funeral yesterday of Mr Alexander Wall WEIR, formerly chief officer of the Liverpool Fire Brigade, and a guard of honour of firemen attended.

Lancashire Daily Post, April 24th 1930

At the funeral yesterday of Mr Thomas RIMMER, aged 67, of Davidson Rd, Old Swan, Liverpool an inspector in the Liverpool Fire Brigade for 35 years, the coffin was carried on a fire brigade tender, before, while firemen walked in procession.

>Mr Mark EDEY, Chief-Station-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade

Mr Mark EDEY, Chief-Station-officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade

May 9th 1932

Fireman killed in explosion, 6 people in hospital, road blows up and wrecks house.

Bootle, Saturday, The Chief Station Officer of the Bootle Fire Brigade, Mark EDEY, aged 50, was killed and several other persons including members of the brigade were seriously injured, by an explosion on Marsh Lane, this morning.

About 6am a man named George QUINN saw smoke coming from underneath a paving-stone, the brigade was summoned, and immediately after they arrived the explosion occurred. EDEY was blown several yards down the street, sustaining severe injuries from which he died a few minutes later. Three other members of the brigade were injured, Firemen, DEVONPORT, ITHELL and GOODWIN, ITHELL and GOODWIN were detained in hospital.

The other people injured were :-

George QUINN [61] Milton St, fractured leg and injuries to leg.

Margaret CARNEY [18], Milton St, fractured arm and injuries to leg.

Elizabeth CUMMIN, [20], Chaucer St, injuries to head and legs

May BYRNE, [46] Marsh Lane, injuries to head, face and arm

George TURNER, [19], Southey St, injuries to head and face

Six people were detained in Bootle Hospital

A shop near were the explosion occurred was wrecked and their was damage to other property. A number of people were sleeping over the shop, and after the explosion had some difficulty in making their escape. Two families were rescued by the fire-escape, as the stairs had been blown away. Every window was broken and the floor of one room fell into the shop below.

The Chief Officer of the fire brigade, Mr J. F. COLLINS, stated that the brigade received a call just before 6 o' clock a motor-engine immediately went to Marsh Lane. As the engine turned into Marsh Lane he saw flames shooting through the pavement in front of a boot shop. The nine firemen had left the engine but before they could do anything an explosion occurred which blew out the front of the shop. Several firemen were knocked down by the force of the explosion, and the whole street was enveloped in dust and smoke. EDEY who was in the road way when the explosion occurred was buried beneath the wreckage together with other firemen and civilians.


>Death of Sergeant Joseph Hunter of the Liverpool Fire Brigade 1940

Death of Sergeant Joseph Hunter of the Liverpool Fire Brigade 1940

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Evening Express May 16th 1940

Killed on way to fire

Sergeant killed a man injured

Sergeant Joseph Hunter of the Liverpool Fire Brigade [Essex St, station] was killed when a fire engine came into collision with a Crosville bus at the junction of North Hill St and Princes Rd, Liverpool today.

Mr Albert August BONTEILLIER of Huskisson St, Liverpool was injured, he was a passenger in a motor vehicle and was removed to the Royal Infirmary with in juries to the face and head. He is a well known canned goods expert and recently gave evidence in London in connection with a Chamber of Commerce inquiry. He is a member of Fulwood Park Golf Club, of which he is ex captain.

The fire engine was proceeding to a fire at a house in Lodge Lane, the fire was extinguished by a detachment from Durning Rd, Fire Station.

The driver of the bus escaped injury, although the glass in the windows of the driving cabin was shattered., otherwise the vehicle was not damaged.

Miss E. CALLAGHAN in charge of an Air Raid Post in Princes Park said she heard the clanging bell of a fire engine coming along North Hill St, the double decker bus was coming from town on its way to Warrington. After the collision she ran to the spot, the only person she could see on the ground was the fire brigade sergeant. She immediately rushed back to her post and immediately phoned for an ambulance. She believed several firemen were thrown off the engine, but escaped with minor injuries. She was amazed after hearing the terrible crash to find that not more people were injured.

Sergeant HUNTER resides in Burnthwaite St, Knotty Ash.

Evening Express May 17th 1940

Killed on way to fire

The Liverpool Coroner Mr G. C. Mort today opened and adjourned the inquest for a week on Hugh Joseph HUNTER, a sergeant in the Liverpool Fire Brigade, who was killed yesterday, when the fire engine on which he was going to a fire came in collision with a bus.

Inspector James RILEY of the Liverpool Fire Brigade gave evidence of identification and the coroner adjourned the inquest for a week.

Sergeant HUNTER who resides in Burnthwaite St, Knotty Ash leaves a widow and 10 children. He had on several occasions saved life from fire and drowning, and held the award of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society.

He served throughout the last war, and had 20 years service with the Liverpool Police and Fire Brigade. His 21 year old soldier son is on special leave.


>Death of Norman POLAND, N.F.S 1944

Death of Norman POLAND, N.F.S 1944

Evening Express May 23rd 1944

Fell from Fire Engine and was killed

Norman POLAND, N.F.S, aged 41, of Moscow Dr, Liverpool fell off a fire engine while it was proceeding to an outbreak in St Oswald St. He died in hospital.

A verdict of Accidental death was recorded at the inquest today.

The City Coroner Mr G. Cecil MORT, said, probably, as the engine lurched around the corner, POLAND grabbed at the fire escape to steady himself, but instead caught hold of the ladder lying loosely on top of the escape and overbalanced.

Medical evidence showed that death was due to a fractured base of skull.


Nov 10th 1962

Fireman killed in bubble-car crash

A member of the Liverpool Fire Brigade was killed and his 19 year old wife was seriously injured when their bubble car was involved in a collision with another car on the Oxford, Banbury Rd at Kidlington yesterday. The dead couple were William Frederick TAYLOR aged 26, of Blacklow Brow, Huyton and his wife Judith

The death of Samuel HODGSON of the fire-police in the Great Fire 1842

Death of Police fireman, Robert Pritchard, 7 Feb 1844

Death of Fireman Robert IRVINE, at the Effingham St fire, 1892

Funeral of Chief Superintendent Thomas, 1907

Police Monument Toxteth Park cemetery, links to deaths etc

Misc Fire Brigade snippets

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