Harpenden Fire Brigade and Auxillary Fire Service in WWII
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Names and information supplied by Colin Gaskin are listed below.
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1 – Charles William BATCHELOR – lived at 5 Glemsford Drive – a bricklayer by trade and a despatch rider in the Fire Service. Sometime worked for Jarvis and Claridges, also played for Harpenden Rovers pre-war. (Information from his son Bill Batchelor 5.9.15)
6 – H BONFIELD – Deputy Captain of the brigade.
7 – very uncertain about this individual but it might have been a ? SEARS who lived in Amenbury Lane.
9 – Stanley Charles Bentley
11 – Kenneth Frank Bentley
9 & 11 were the BENTLEY brothers – sons of Frank Bentley painter and decorator High Street next to Chambers Hairdressers. Confirmed and named by Martin Bentley, their nephew.
13 – might have been Peter WAINWRIGHT leader of Section 3 – manager of National Provincial bank at the corner of Station Road and Lower High Street. Lived in Park Mount area and post WWII moved to Dunstable – became mayor of Dunstable.
16 – Ernest FELLS – driver of main fire engine – member of Fells the greengrocer family of Station Road.
19 – Frank BENTLEY – painter and decorator of High Street.
20 – ? PEARCE worked at Reads garage and lived in southernmost of the Bowers Cottages before they were demolished to make way for the new car showrooms.
21 – Len Dellar – lived in Topstreet Way.
41 – might have been Mabel READ attached to Section 3 – one of the daughters of Read the garage proprietor.
44 – Kathleen TAYLOR – lived in Southdown Road, daughter of R G Taylor, solicitor.
52 – Archie SMITH – Deputy Leader of Section £ – owner of grain merchants next to the Cock public house – lived in Townsend Lane.
55 – “Bill” GASKIN lived in Luton Road – owned gentleman’s hairdressers saloon in Leyton Road.
57 – Stan Clark
59 – Albert ASHURST – lived in Westfield Road area – may have become a paid regular fireman during WWII.
61 – Trevor LEWIS – leader of Section 4 – lived in Duglas Road/Moreton Avenue area.
64 – Henry APPLEBY – proprietor of Whitehouses Newsagents.
67 John or Jack WEST- son of West, baker, High Street. John later served in the RASC and died as a Japanese POW in 1945.
72 George HYSOM – publican of the Rose and Crown public house.
73 Christopher Grove (Kip) GRENSIDE – Secretary of Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club for 30 years. Lived in Grange Court Road.
75 Reg SHERRAT -owned ladies hairdressers in High Street just north of Read’s garage.
76 – might have been Gordon BAINES – Lived in Park Mount area and worked at Westminster Bank – later served in Royal Navy.
77 – George HERRING – lived in Milton Road and was Captain of the brigade.
91 – William ‘Bill’ Clark.
George Herring inspecting the AFS
Names: front row from the right
Sixth – John or Jack WEST
Ninth – Henry Appleby
Tenth – Len Dellar
Twelfth “Bill” Gaskin