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Deaths in Military Service

It has recently become apparent that many members of the Fire service have died whilst in Military Service, being either Reservists called back to their units, or joining as Volunteers or being ‘called-up’ as Conscripts, fighting for their country and being killed or dying from their injuries. The vast majority of those names we have identified, result from the First World War, but we have found names from both the Second Boer War and the Second World War. It is possible that there are other conflicts that may have resulted in casualties for members of the Fire Service.

We wish to give some recognition to the many Firemen who were killed or who died from their wounds whilst serving their country in Military Service. The task of establishing names is not, however, an easy one. There is no central source listing those killed or who later died from their wounds. Such later deaths could include complications, such as those resulting from gas poisoning or treatment as a prisoner of war etc and, could be several years after first being wounded.

The names of the men who died in the course of playing their part in ‘Fighting for the Colours’ do not meet the Trust Criteria for inclusion on the Firefighters Memorial, but nonetheless we recognise and remember them in this Book of Remembrance in tribute. Click here for further information 

Second Boer War Regarded as the period, 11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902. The list of firemen currently identified as having been killed or, who died as a result of Military duties during the Second Boer War are listed in the Boer War Remembrance Chapter.

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World War I
Although often referred to as the 1914/18 War, with war being declared between Great Britain and Germany on 4 August, and the German signed The Armistice on 11 November 1918, this was not the end of hostilities everywhere.  Taking the criteria used by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, we are designating 4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921 as being the period, which we will use for our records.

In 1923, the National Fire Brigades Association created a wall-mounted Roll of Honour at it's Headquarters, listing the names of members of the Association who had died in the course of their Military duties. This being the only known national listing, (although incomplete), prior to the creation of this Book of Remembrance, dedicated to Firemen who ‘Served the Colours’. Please see the WWI Remembrance Chapter.

World War II
Although generally referred to as the 1939/45 War, with war being declared between Great Britain and Germany on 3 September 1939, and the German surrender being 8 May 1945, followed by the Japanese surrender was announced on 15 August 1945, with the formal signing on 2 September 1945, this was not the end of hostilities everywhere. Taking the criteria used by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, we are designating 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947 as being the period, which we will use for our records. Please see the WWII Remembrance Chapter.

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