Final salute


It is with regret that we record the death of the past members of the Service listed below.

Details of recent death nofications and funeral arrangements can be found on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Firewire online magazine.

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Albury, Alan On 17 November 2012
Aged 80
Alan served at Aldershot for 30 years until his retirement as Leading Fireman in November 1985.  He died after a prolonged period of illness.
Atkins, Thomas On 25 November 2010
Aged 97
Tom served with the Southampton Fire Brigade until his retirement in June 1957.
Atwell, Harold, (Curley) On 15 April 2012
Aged 98
‘Curley’ joined the Portsmouth Police Fire Brigade in 1939 continuing as a Fireman until his retirement in 1969 and then as a maintenance man until final his retirement in 1979.

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Betteridge, Keith Aged 76
Keith served as a Fireman at Beaulieu Fire Station from January 1971 to January 1989.
Baker, Ian On 5th July 2008
Aged 59
Ian served with St Mary’s and Fire Safety (C Division) until his retirement on 8th April 1999.
Bannon, Alan On 6 April 2010
Aged 38
Alan, tragically died as a result of his injuries incurred whilst tacking a serious fire at Shirley Towers, Southampton. He was a firefighter on Red Watch, St Marys, having served as a firefighter for 8 years 6 months. Prior to this he had served in the HFRS vehicle workshops for 4 years.
Barfoot, Roy On 10 March 2012
Aged 78
Roy served as a Mechanic in the Workshops until retiring in March 1997.
Barnard, George On 26 May 2012
Aged 85
George served at Aldershot and Fleet fire stations before his retirement in 1981.
Barrett, Albert (Bruby) On 17 March 2010
Aged 74
Albert served as a Fireman at Petersfield until his retirement in May 1983.
Bass, Doreen On 4 June 2012
Aged 82
Doreen served as secretary at Headquarters when it was based in Winchester and then at D Division Headquarters, retiring as Secretary to the Divisional Commander.
Batten, Lin On 25 April 2018
Lin was a cleaner, cake-maker, occasional counsellor and friend to all at Fareham Fire Station.
Beebe, Charlie On 12 August 2011
Aged 89
Charlie served as a Fireman at Woolston Fire station, having originally joined the Southampton Fire Brigade. In 1976 he retired to serve in the Brigade Stores until his final retirement in 1986.
Bell, Bernard In December 2016
Aged 92
Bernard was retained at Eastleigh Fire Station until October 1979.
Bennett, George On 19th June 2009
Aged 95
He served at Copnor, Southsea and Cosham as a Fireman until his retirement in 1972.
Bennett, Pete On 22 April 2012
Aged 67
Pete served as a Firefighter at Copnor Fire Station until his retirement in 1998.
Bennett, Peter On 29 June 2017
Aged 67
Peter served at Woolston and St Marys Fire Stations.
Berry, Harold On 14th July 2009
Aged 82
He served at Horndean Fire Station as a Leading Fireman until his retirement.
Best CBE, Norman On 24 June 2011
Aged 87
Norman was, for over 20 years, the Chairman of the Hampshire Public Protection Committee, later The Fire and Rescue Authority). H started his political career with Southampton City Council in 1967 and served as both Sheriff and Mayor of the City. He also became Chairman of the Hampshire County Council and was later made an Honorary Alderman. He was a huge supporter of the Service and did a great deal to further its aims during his long association.
Black, John On 17 November 2009
Aged 64
John served as a Firefighter at Hartley Wintney and Odiham Fire Stations before leaving to commence a full time career in the British Airports Authority Fire Service until retirement as Chief Fire Officer of that organisation in 2000.
Blackburn, Beryl On 4 September 2015
Aged 84
Beryl worked in the canteen at Headquarters and also worked behind the Phoenix Bar at various functions. She leaves behind two sons Derrick and David as well as three daughters Lesley, Lyn and Susan.
Blackburn, Bob On 3 July 2008
Aged 78
Bob served with Emsworth as a firefighter until his retirement in January 1984.
Bond, Kenny On 6 March 2016
Aged 66
Kenny served as a firefighter at Overton Fire Station from August 1990 until April 2005.
Bone, Ann On 14 January 2017
Aged 61
Ann was employed in the Staff Office at Headquarters from June 1988 and continued in that and other operational support roles until she left in February 2009. Ann was an active supporter of the Headquarters’ social club (The Phoenix Club), and in retirement was a serving member of the Past Members Association Committee.
Bowers, Keith On 28 March 2018
Keith served at Titchfield, Gosport, Andover, Lyndhurst and Woolston, he retired as a Sub Officer.
Boyce, Keith On 1 July 2012
Aged 62
Keith served as a Leading Firefighter at Rushmoor, prior to leaving to serve as a Sub Officer until his retirement in 2005.
Brewer, Frank On 2 December 2011
Aged 79
Frank joined the Portsmouth City Fire brigade in 1955 and retired as a Station Officer in May 1982.
Brooks, Ron On 28 December 2014
Aged 84
Ron served at Alton retiring as Sub Officer in August 1985.
Brown, Norman On 10 August 2018
Norman served as a retained firefighter at Eastleigh Fire Station.
Browning, Geoff On 14th July 2013
Aged 69
Geoff served at Brockenhurst Fire Station as a Sub Officer in Charge until he left in 1997. Geoff was employed with HFRS for 26 years.
Bryant, Ivan On 12 April 2012
Aged 84
Ivan served as a Fireman at Lymington Fire Station until his retirement in September 1980.
Butler, Mark On 16 June 2015
Aged 48
Mark served at Kingsclere and retired as Watch Manager in 2012.

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Carpenter, Jeff During March 2016
Aged 65
Jeff was retained at Brockenhurst Fire Station until his retirement.
Carrington, Richard On 9 October 2009
Aged 38
Richard served at Hightown Fire Station and had served with HFRS since 1990.
Carter, Bill On 10 April 2012
Aged 68
Bill joined the service workshops as an apprentice in 1959, later becoming the Transport Officer, until his retirement in 2004. Bill also served as a retained member of Winchester Fire Station, joining in 1965 and leaving as a Leading Firemen in 1988.
Cavill, Vic On 28 May 2012
Aged 84
Vic served at various locations around the county, with extended periods in B Division and D Division post- amalgamation in 1974, retiring as the Divisional Officer, Fire Prevention at D Division, Headquarters, Redbridge Hill in 1985.
Chadwick MBE, William (Bill) On 3 May 2011
Aged 94
Bill served with Hampshire from 1960 as Assistant Chief Fire officer until his move to Wiltshire as Chief Fire officer in 1967. He had previously served with the Oldham Police Fire Brigade, the National Fire Service, rejoining the newly formed Oldham Fire Brigade in 1948 as Third Officer, before his first move to Wiltshire in 1956.
Chalmers, Albert On 9 October 2009
Aged 91
‘Bert’ Chalmers served as a Fireman in the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade until his retirement in 1972.
Clarke, Lewis (Lew) On 14th November 2012
Aged: 85
Lew served at Droxford as Sub Officer in charge, until his retirement in March 1982.  Lew willl also be remembered by many for his long and tireless work for the “Ben Fund”.
Cole, David On 4 February 2015
Aged 88
David served at Bishops Waltham until his retirement as a Leading Fireman in 1981.
Coles, Marty On 9 August 2011
Marty was the serving Watch Manager in charge of Wickham Fire Station and additionally served at Botley.
Conway, Terry In May 2016
Aged 76
Terry served as a Fireman at Romsey Fire Station from January 1964 to October 1994.
Coombes, Leslie On 11 January 2008
Aged 95
Leslie served at Andover as a Sub Officer until his retirement in 1967.
Cranford, Dennis On 15th April 2008
Aged 77 years
Dennis served at Hartley Wintney Fire Station from 1960 to 1970.
Craven, Ronald On 26th February 2013
Aged 84
Ronald served at Portchester Fire Station as a Firefighter for seven years until he left in June 1963.
Crease, Barbara On 4 January 2018
Aged 86
Barbara served for 18 years as Divisional Secretary at ‘A’ Division Headquarters retiring in 1996.
Cousins, Dave On 27 November 2013
Aged 72
Dave served at Twyford Fire Station as a leading firefighter, until he retired on 9 January 1996.
Coventry, Gerald On 12 February 2012
Aged 74
Gerald served as a Fireman at Kingsclere Fire Station until his retirement in 1992.
Coward, Peter On 29 May 2011
Aged 86
Peter served with Hampshire from June 1961 until his retirement as Divisional Officer (Fire Prevention), based at Winchester, in January 1977. Peter began his career in Manchester.
Cummins QFSM, Les ‘Smokey’ On 11 September 2012
Aged 88
Les, originally joined the National Fire Service in 1946, transferring to the Southampton Fire Brigade in 1948, rising through the ranks to become Deputy Chief Fire Officer. In 1974, on the formation of the Hampshire Fire Brigade, he was transferred in the position of ACO ‘Ops’ before becoming DCFO. He retired in this position in March 1984.
Cutler, Stewart On 8 November 2010
Aged 64
Stewart served as a Leading Fireman at Droxford until he left the service in July 1991.

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Darwin, Peter On 9 July 2012
Aged 67
Pete served at Cosham as a Firefighter until his retirement in 1999.
Davis, Audrey On 15 June 2018
Aged 84
Audrey was a former cook at Redbridge Hill Fire Station.
Dawson, Brian On 20th August 2013
Aged 78
Brian served at Gosport Fire Station as a Retained Leading Firefighter for 30 years until he retired on 10 July 1990.
Dennis, John On 12 April 2014
Aged 72
John served at Ringwood Fire Station as a firefighter until he retired on 26 January 1997
Doe, Steve On 21st August 2009
Aged 56
He served at Fire Stations and in Fire Safety in Portsmouth and Fareham until his retirement as a Sub Officer in 2004.
Doherty, Les On 1 August 2010
Aged 62
Les served at a variety of locations, including Andover, Gosport, Redbridge, Winchester and Training Centre before retiring in the rank of Station Officer in January 1998.
Doyle, Edward ‘Ted’ March 2015
Aged 91
Ted served at Fareham, retiring as Retained Sub Officer in 1979.

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Ebbs, Leslie (Les) On 14 February 2008
Aged 72 years
Les served at Docks Fire Station and D Division Fire Safety as Station Officer until his retirement on 28 February 1989.
Edmunds, Adrian On 7 April 2018
Adrian served at Sutton Scotney from March 1971 to September 1989, retiring as Sub Officer in charge. He was well known for his picture framing business and he supplied many fine prints and certificates etc to the Service and to individuals.
Ellis, Fred On 16 December 2011
Aged 68
Fred served as a Firefighter at Hamble Fire Station until May 1993.
Errigo, Angelo On 26 December 2016
Aged 66
Angelo came to Hampshire from London Fire Brigade in March 1986, served a period of time at the Fire Service College, on secondment from Hampshire. He served in Hampshire until July 1994, eventually to become the Deputy Firemaster of Dumfries and Galloway Fire Brigade.
Evans, John On 9 February 2011
Aged 96
John served with the Hampshire Fire Service having joined the Southampton Fire brigade pre-WW2, and then with the National Fire Service. He was for many years the Divisional Officer in Charge of ‘D Division’ based at Lyndhurst Div HQ, before becoming Deputy Chief Fire Officer, immediately leading up to amalgamation and prior to his retirement in April 1974.
Evans, Trevor (‘Taffy’) On 30 April 2010
Aged 87
‘Taffy’ served at Gosport, Aldershot, Eastleigh and Lyndhurst before his retirement as Station Officer, Senior Instructor at the Training Centre in October 1976.
Eves, Ron Aged 65
Ron joined the wholetime service on 28 August 1974 and served at St Mary’s, Woolston and Hightown Fire Stations. He retired as a Leading Fireman on 27 August 2004.

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Farley, Harold On 20 April 2012
Aged 88
Harold served as a Retained Fireman at Fareham Fire Station until his retirement in July 1970.
Farminer, Ian On 12 May 2015
Age unknown
Ian served in Driver Training at Headquarters.
Fell, Reg On 20th April 2008
Aged 87 years.
Reg served at Basingstoke Fire Station as a retained and wholetime firefighter until his retirement in 1975.
Flitter, David On 27 December 2010
Aged 66
Dave served as a Fireman at Fareham Fire Station until his retirement.
Ford, Ray On 25 June 2012
Aged 81
Ray served at Workshops, becoming the Workshops Manager, before moving to Headquarters as the Transport Officer until his retirement in 1988.
Freemantle, Kenneth (Ken) On 16th May 2013
Aged 66 years
Ken served at Redbridge Fire Station as a Firefighter until he left the service in April 2002.
Fry, Cyril On 25 January 2012
Aged 84
Cyril Originally joined the Middlesex Fire Brigade in 1949, before transferring to Hampshire in 1962, serving at Aldershot and at Basingstoke, before his retirement as a Fireman in 1978.
Fyrth, Paul On 1 November 2009
Aged 66
Paul served in a variety of posts with many years in Fire Prevention/Fire Safety until his retirement at the rank of Divisional Officer at Divisional Headquarters (Redbridge) in January 1994.

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Gaffney, Geoff On 27th August 2013
Aged 83
Geoff served at various stations throughout Hampshire, his final posting was at Eastleigh Fire Station as a Firefighter, until he retired on 16 December 1984.
Gigg, Charles In January 2014
Aged 99
Charlie joined the fire service in April 1935, firstly as a part time member then wholetime, serving through the war years. He continued service after the war as a member of the NFS and into the newly formed Hampshire fire service in April 1948. Finally Charlie changed roles into a non uniformed member of staff based at HQ, with duties as the Chief’s driver until his retirement in October 1977.
Gillam, Ralph On 15 September 2014
Aged 91
Ralph served at Burley Fire Station as a Sub Officer until his retirement in December 1977.
Goffin, Eric, Richard October 2014
Aged 79
Eric joined Fareham Fire Station as a retained firefighter in 1958.
Gouge, Charlie On 21 April 2017
Aged 88
Charlie served as a Leading Fireman at Fordingbridge Fire Station from April 1954 to March 1984.
Gould, Reg On 18 December 2014
Age unknown
Reg was a member of the Southampton Fire Brigade until he resigned in May 1969.
Griffin, Frank On 9 November 2009
Aged 76
Frank served in the Control Room at North Hill House Headquarters and at The Castle Headquarters until April 1973 when he retired as a Senior Control Operator.

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Haines, Jim On 22 March 2011
Aged 84
Jim served at Hythe Fire Station until his retirement as Station Officer in September 1981.
Hammond, Frederick On 22 January 2011
Aged 84
Fred served as a Fireman at Cosham Fire Station until his retirement in May 1977.
Hanson, Paul On 14 February 2011
Aged 39
Paul, who was a serving Firefighter at Romsey, tragically died at home having served at the station for just over 2 years.
Harding, Elliott On 21 August
Aged 24
Elliott who sadly died as a result of a road accident, served his apprenticeship at the Fleet Maintenance Centre, (Workshops), before leaving to progress his career in February 2009.
Harriott, Bob In July 2017
Age unknown
Bob served at Droxford from 1969 until 1981.
Harris, Anthony On 13 January 2018
Age unknown
Anthony served at Totton Fire Station from 1966 to 1998.
Hayter, Joan On 23 November 2016
Aged 93
Joan was secretary to the Chief Fire Officer, Southampton Fire Brigade.
Heath, Desmond (Ted) On 11 April 2011
Aged 85
Ted served at Horndean Fire Station until his retirement as Sub Officer in charge in March 1981.
Heather, Stuart On 12 May 2017
Age not known
Stuart served for more than 30 years on Green Watch at St Mary’s Fire Station.
Heppell, Ken On 28 August 2009
Aged 68
Ken served as a Firefighter at Petersfield Fire Station until his retirement in November 1995.
Hewlett, Gordon On 5 December 2013
Aged 83
Gordon served as a Control Officer in the Control room and was also a retained firefighter at West End Fire Station until he retired.
Higgins BEM, Edward (Ted) On 30 January 2012
Aged 79
Ted served at Aldershot Fire Station and retired as a Sub Officer in August 1984. Ted was awarded the British Empire Medal.
Holdaway, Stanley On 5th June 2016
Aged 79
Stanley served as a Leading Fireman at Stockbridge from May 1964 to November 1991.
Hooper, Harry “Lofty” On 28th April 2008
Aged 88
Lofty served at Gosport, Eastleigh, Fareham and Copnor as a Sub Officer until his retirement in June 1975.
Howls, Ernie On 13 December 2011
Aged 76
Ernie served as a Fireman at Gosport.
Hutchins, John (Jack) On 28 February 2018
Aged 86
Jack served from January 1950 to May 1986 and retired as Retained Station Officer (Officer in Charge), New Milton Fire Station.
Hyland, Les On 11th January 2008
Aged 78 years
Les served from 1956 until 1986 retiring as Senior Divisional Officer ‘D’ Division, Southampton.

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Jackson, Barrie On 2 February 2008
Aged 60 years
Barrie served as a Control Room Operator with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service from February 1974 to March 1998.
Jeffries, David On 28 June 2017
David was Personnel Officer based at Headquarters. He served with HFRS from April 1979 until September 1996. Prior to this he served in the Hampshire Constabulary from November 1951 to April 1979 attaining the rank of Inspector.
Jenkins, Matthew (Jock) On 21 February 2012
Aged 91
‘Jock’ joined the Retained at Andover Fire Station and served until his retirement as Sub Officer in 1976.
Johnson, Jon On 1 January 2012
Aged 61
Jon originally joined the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade and served as a Firefighter at Southsea Fire Station until his retirement in July 1999.
Jones, Ted On 5 July 2018
Aged 83
Ted joined as a Fireman in Derby in December 1959 before transferring to Hampshire in July 1962 when he was posted to Gosport Fire Station. He served operationally at Gosport, Basingstoke, Hayling Island and Eastleigh followed by time in Fire Prevention at C Div HQ, B Div HQ and Lyndhurst. He retired in November 1989 as Station Officer, B Div HQ Staff Office.

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Kellie, Ron On 18 May 2010
Aged 83
Ron served as a Leading Fireman at Alton until his retirement in January 1998.
Kent, Peter On 25 May 2010
Aged 67
Peter served as a Leading Fireman at Alresford until his retirement in January 1998.
Kernan, Mick QFSM On 2 July 2015
Aged 74
On leaving the Royal Marines, Mick originally joined the Coventry Fire Brigade in 1968, transferring to the Hampshire Fire Brigade in 1974, serving at Portsmouth City stations, Gosport and the Training Centre. After a period of secondment as an instructor at the Fire Service College, he retired to become part of the permanent staff at the College as ADO Staff Officer in 1990, before final retirement from that position. Mick continued to be the College Historian until his passing.
Kilford, Tony OBE On 24 September 2018
Aged 86
Tony joined Southampton Fire Brigade in August 1954, transferring to Hampshire in 1974 as Divisional Officer, becoming the Deputy Divisional Commander ‘D’ Division before moving to HQ as DO and then as Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Recruitment and Training. He served in this role until September 1984 when he moved to the Fire Services Inspectorate, as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors.
Killacky, Colin On 7th October 2012
Aged 76
Colin originally joined Southampton Fire Brigade i April 1959, transferring as Sub Officer from St Mary’s to become the first wholetime Sub Officers at the new Fawley Fire Station in 1977 and retired in the rank of Station Officer, in the role of BA Officer, ay headquarters, in January 1991.
King, Tony On 19 December 2014
Aged 69
Tony served at Gosport, retiring, as retained Leading Fireman in February 1991. He was also a member of the Hampshire Ambulance Service.
King, Jerry On 17 May 2017
Aged 66
Jerry served at Cosham and Southsea before retiring as a Firefighter in April 1999.
Kingshott, John On 3 July 2011
Aged 76
John served as a Leading Fireman until 1966.
Knight, Alfred On 19 September 2010
Aged 100
Alfred retired in 1959 as a Leading Fireman at Botley fire station.
Knight, Barry On 16 June 2012
Aged 62
Barry served at Alton fire station until his retirement as Leading Fireman in July 1997.
Knowlton, Jim CBE QFSM On 19 September 2014
Aged 85
Jim commenced his career with the Southampton Fire Brigade after which he made several career moves to other brigades, including being Firemaster of two Scottish fire brigades finishing his distinguished career in 1989, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland.

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Leach, Charles On 29 October 2010
Aged 84
Charlie served as an Assistant Divisional Officer until his retirement in September 1983.
Leask, Ken During early December 2014
Aged 73
Ken originally joined the Southampton Fire Brigade, later transferring to Andover, until retiring as a Fireman in March 1990.
Leonard, Michael On 15 August 2013
Aged 52 years
Michael served at Horndean Fire Station as a Firefighter until he left the service in February 1981.
Limburn, Dave On 24 October 2018
Aged 69 years
Dave joined the Fire Service in November 1973 and served at Eastleigh, Fawley, C Div FS and B Div FS where he retired as a Sub Officer in November 2003. Following uniformed retirement, he then became a Non-Uniformed Fire Safety Officer at Fareham until his condition forced him to step down.
Luck, Ray On 6 May 2017
Aged 87 years
Ray served firstly as a Retained Fireman at Aldershot, before transferring to wholetime. He retired from D Div Headquarters Fire Prevention in November 1979 in the rank of ADO.
Luke, Warwick On 16 November 2013
Aged 70 years
Warwick served at Copnor and Cosham Fire Stations as a Leading Fireman.
Lush, Frank (Reg) On 23 September 2013
Aged 90
Reg served as an Assistant Divisional Officer in C Division prior to his retirement.

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Mabbett, Barry On 18 September 2014
Aged 65 years
Barry served at Fire Control for 11 years until he left in 1983.
Matthews, Colin On 15 July 2012
Aged 72
Colin originally joined the Southampton Fire Brigade. He was for a number of years a Rider Station Officer at St Marys and was serving in C Division (Eastleigh) Fire Safety at his retirement in July 1994
MacDonald, Robert John (Bob) On 21 June 2017
Aged 65 years
Bob retired from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in March 1990 after serving at Cosham, Fareham and Gosport.
McGregor, Phyliss On 12 November 2010
Aged 95
Phyllis served as a Leading Firewoman, firstly with the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade and then the Hampshire Fire Brigade until her retirement in 1980.
McMeechan, Martin In August 2017
Martin began his career with Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service in April 1999 at Ventnor Fire Station before being appointed as a Firefighter in Hampshire at St Mary’s Fire Station in September 2001. Martin continued RDS duties on the Island and eventually made the decision to transfer to IWFRS wholetime in 2007.
Middleton, Ernest ‘Ernie’ During April 2015
Aged 81
Ernie originally joined the Southampton Fire Brigade and retired as a Fireman in 1988, having served at the Docks, Woolston and Redbridge.
Miles, Cecil On 19 June 2010
Aged 86
Cecil served as a Firefighter at Alton, Aldershot and Farnborough until his retirement in 1976.
Morris, Clive On 27 November 2014
Aged 69
Having served at Basingstoke, Eastleigh and St Marys, Clive retired as a Leading Firefighter, serving in Community Safety at Headquarters in November 2000.
Moss, Pete On 2 June 2009
Pete held a variety of posts before retiring as Assistant Divisional Officer at HQ in March 1998.
Mountford, David On 16 July 2016
Aged 76
David served as a fireman at Hythe Fire Station from April 1965 until August 1990.
Munks, Brian On 20th September 2013
Aged 71

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O’Connor, Mick On 9 June 2012
Aged 77
Mick originally joined the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade. He served as a Rider Station Officer at St Marys and was serving at Southsea in that position when he retired in July 1986.
Offer, Dennis On 9 Deccember 2014
Aged 85
Dennis served as a retained member at Winchester, retiring as Sub Officer in October 1981.
Orchard, Phil Aged 86
Phil served at Emsworth Fire Station from January 1961 to January 1985. He was an enthusiastic representative of The Fire Fighters Charity, participating in many charity activities even beyond his fire service career.
Osman, Den February 2018
Den started with HFRS as a volunteer in August 2013 and coordinated the volunteers in the Basingstoke Group. He was a very proactive member of the team and undertook a variety of activities including presentations, community group talks, home safety visits and open days. Some PMA members may be more familiar with Den in pursuit of his hobby of fire engine preservation, and long-term involvement with the Odiham Fire Show. Den was one of the owners who took part in the vehicle parade at the Annual Service of Remembrance at The Firefighters’ Memorial each September.

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Pannell, John On 27 January 2018
Aged 74
John joined Portsmouth Fire Brigade in April 1967 and retired July 1994. He served most of his career at Copnor but also served at Southsea and Cosham.
Pattison, Terry On 12 June 2011
Aged 72
Terry served with the Southampton Fire Brigade and Hampshire until his retirement as Divisional Officer, Divisional Commander) C Division Headquarters, Eastleigh in July 1993 Terry had also served as officer in charge of Lyndhurst and St Marys before becoming the Commandant of the Training Centre and then the Deputy Divisional Commander of D Division at Redbridge Hill prior to taking charge of C Division.
Paull, Mick On 20 January 2018
Age unknown
With over 44 years service, Mick was well known across HFRS, and will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues. Mick was serving as Watch Manager at Odiham Fire Station, when he sadly passed away after being involved in a serious accident whilst off duty.
Pearce, Ivor On 14 February 2012
Aged 83
Ivor served as a Fireman at Kingsclere Fire station until his retirement in September 1983.
Pearson, Pete On 17 August 2012
Aged 74
Pete served most of his career at Lyndhurst with periods at Christchurch and Redbridge Fire Prevention, before retiring as a Sub Officer in October 1991.
Philpott, Gerry On 14 January 2015
Aged 88
Gerry originally joined the Southampton Fire Brigade, retiring as a Fireman at Woolston in February 1978.
Phippen, Dennis On 5 October 2010
Aged 82
Dennis served at Whitchurch, retiring as the Sub Officer in charge, in August 1982.
Pither, Dave On 8 March 2012
Aged 63
Dave served at both Odiham and at Tadley Fire Station, before his retirement as Sub Officer in July 1981. He also served with the MoD Fire Service at AWRE Aldermaston.
Pocock, Alan On 26 August 2011
Alan was originally a member of the National Fire Service on the Isle of Wight before transferring to the Portsmouth City Fire brigade in 1948. He retired as a Sub Officer at Copnor in 1975. He was living in New South Wales, Australia.
Porter, Tom On 20 November 2013
Aged 88
Tom retired as the Sub Officer in charge of Totton in 1972. He started as a Fireman at Totton just prior to the outbreak of World War 2.
Powell, John On 17 February 2012
Aged 74
John served as a Leading Fireman at New Milton Fire station until his retirement in August 1990. John was also know on the preserved appliance scene for his superbly maintained AFS Green Goddess and motorcycle.
Pulinger, John On 10 May 2014
Aged 79
John served at Bishops Waltham Fire Station as a firefighter.

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Raffill, Bryan

 

On 8 December 2012
Aged 81
Bryan served at Gosport and Havant fire stations until his retirement as a Leading Fireman in December 1978.
Ranger, Don On 27 August 2014
Don served as an Officer in Charge at Totton Fire Station until he retired. He served from December 1960 until November 1981.
Rawlings, Michael Laurence On 24 September 2018
Aged 69
Michael served as a Fireman at B23 Cosham from 1979 to 1991.
Ray, David George On 3 July 2016
Aged 82
David served with Hampshire from December 1954 to October 1988, retiring as Station Officer, OiC Andover.
Reading, Cyril On 4 September 2010
Cyril retired in 1981 as a Sub Officer, (officer in charge) at Alton fire station.
Rees, Morgan On 8 February 2014
Aged 66
Morgan served at Hardley Fire Station as a retained firefighter, until he left the service in 2002 to start a new life in the South of France.
Reilly, Susan On 17 December 2016
Aged 59
Susan served at Service Headquarters since May 2006, most recently as the Data Quality Project Lead in the Knowledge Management team.
Relf, Alec (Robey) On 27 January 2012
Aged 87
Alec served at Overton Fire Station until his retirement as a Leading Fireman in January 1973.
Rickman, Robbie (Rick) On 21 September 2018
Aged 84
Rick served with the Hampshire Fire Service from 20th July 1962 until 30th November 1988 and retired as a Control Officer in charge of a watch in Fire Control.
Rood, Roy On 30 December 2012
Aged 83
Roy joined Southampton Fire Brigade in June 1955, becoming Station Officer in charge of Central (now St Mary’s) fire station.  On amalgamation in 1974, he was promoted to Assistant Divisional Officer, as Operational Equipment Staff Officer at Headquarters, a post he held until his retirement in April 1984.
Rowe, Arthur On 25 February 2011
Aged 86
Arthur served as a Fireman with the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade until leaving in 1953.
Rowe, John On 14 July 2016
Aged 67
John served at Alresford Fire Station from May 1968 to October 1986

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Sadler, Trevor (Pete) On 15 May 2011
Aged 70
Trevor served at Emsworth Fire Station until his retirement as a leading Fireman in June 1994.
Scutt, Alan On 26 August 2015
Aged 68
Alan served as an AFS firefighter and was a retained firefighter at Fareham.
Shears, James On 6 April 2010
Aged 35
Jim, tragically died as a result of his injuries incurred whilst tacking a serious fire at Shirley Towers, Southampton. He was a firefighter on Red Watch, St Marys, having served just under 7 years.
Shergold, Howard On 12 December 2015
Age unknown
Howard served as a firefighter at C39, West End Fire Station.
Simmons, Les On 24 February 2018
Age 82
Les started his career as a Fireman at West End in March 1961. He continued at West End until retiring as the Sub Officer in charge in April 1986. As a tandem career he joined Fire Control in March 1972, progressing through the ranks to become Control Officer in charge of a Watch, retiring from that position in September 1996. In December 1997, he took on the role of Team Leader for the newly formed Catering Team, responding to incidents to ‘feed the troops’. He performed this role until April 1999 when he and his wife Linda moved to settle into a new life in Gloucestershire.
Skyrme, Brian On 16 January 2015
Aged 79
Brian originally joined the Southampton Fire Brigade, later transferring to Gosport from where he retired as a Leading Fireman in April 1981.
Smith, Robert ‘Bob’ On 2 September 2015
Aged 77
Bob joined the Southampton Fire Brigade in June 1964 and served at Woolston, retiring as a fireman in November 1989.
Snook, Bill On 25 February 2012
Aged 76
Bill served at Kingsclere Fire Station until his retirement as Sub Officer in October 1990.
Southern, Pete On 30th January 2017
Aged 72 years
Standfield, Raymond On 11th June 2013
Aged 92 years
Ray served at Stockbridge Fire Station as a firefighter until he left the service in February 1970.
Stones, John On 20th August 2017
Aged 67 years
John served as a fireman on Blue Watch at Basingstoke Fire Station until his retirement in April 2000.
Strong, Les On 2 September 2017
Age unknown
Les served at Alresford from 1956 to 1982.
Stroud, Rex On 31 August 2010
Aged 92
Rex served with the Southampton Fire Brigade, retiring as a Sub Officer in 1973.
Swann, Richard  On 8 February 2014
Aged 66
Richard served at Eastleigh Fire Station as a retained firefighter from 1974 until 1987 and then came back to work for HFRS as a volunteer in September 2012, until he sadly passed away.

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Tanner QFSM, Arthur On 15 October 2009
Aged 85
Arthur was the Chief Fire Officer for Southampton Fire Brigade and appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer of the newly formed Hampshire Fire Brigade on 1 April 1974, a rank he held until his retirement in August 1978.
Thomas, Fred On 25 September 2009
Aged 90
Fred was a Sub Officer with the Southampton Fire Brigade serving at Central (St Marys) Fire Station prior to a short period as Instructor at the College of Maritime Studies, Warsash, from where he retired in May 1974.
Thomas, Roland ’Tommy’ On 19 September 2012
Aged 64
Roland served as a firefighter at Horndean Fire Station until his retirement in 2003.
Thompson, Chris On 17 September 2011
Aged 85
Chris served as a Fireman at Eastleigh Fire Station, before going to Headquarters, (Winchester) as the Chief’s driver until his retirement in 1981.
Thornton, Headley (‘Eddie’) On 5 April 2010
Aged 77
‘Eddie’ served in Portsmouth, and at Farnborough, Eastleigh, Basingstoke and Winchester Until his retirement, as a Sub Officer, in December 1983.
Thripps, Ernest (Reg) On 20 May 2013
Aged 79 years
Ernest served at Aldershot as a firefighter until he retired in August 1978.
Tibbs, Malcolm On 5 January 2018
Malcolm served at Hayling Island Fire Station from 1972 to 1987.
Tickner, Graham On 27 July 2010
Graham retired in March 1980 as a Sub Officer, (officer in charge), Grayshott fire station.
Tomkins, Kenneth (Ken) On 28 September 2008
Aged 80
Ken served at Basingstoke as a Divisional Officer until his retirement in 1982.
Torode, Mick On 15 December 2008
Aged 50
He served at Wickham Fire Station as a Firefighter until transferring to County Tipperary in 2000.
Tulk, Peter On 17 March 2014
Aged 75
Peter served at Andover Fire Station as a retained firefighter until his retirement in November 1991.
Tuppen, Terry On 9 September 2013
Aged 82
Terry retired as a Fireman at Woolston Fire Station in August 1984.

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Urry, Peter On 5 April 2012
Aged 65
Peter served as Retained Firefighter at Gosport Fire Station until retirement in 1986.

Warwick, Tom On 28 December 2008
Aged 88
Tom served at Sutton Scotney from 1955 until 1975.
Waterridge, Bob On 27 June 2014
Aged 77
Bob served at Kingsclere Fire Station as a Firefighter until he retired in 1991.
Watson, Peter September 2018
Aged 88
Peter transferred to Hampshire from Solihull in April 1979 at the rank of ACO and continued in that position until his retirement in April 1984. In his retirement he had a leading role with the Fire Services Examinations Board.
Watterson, John On 22 April 2011
Aged 60
John served at Basingstoke Fire Station until his retirement as a Leading Fireman in 1986.
Watts, Ronald On 28th January 2008
Aged 88
Ronald served as a Sub Officer with the Southampton Brigade at Woolston from June 1946 until August 1974.
Webber, Raymond On 11 November 2010
Aged 85
Ray served as a Leading Fireman with the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade until he left in 1962.
Wellman, Alan (Ginger) On 11 March 2011
Aged 66
Alan served as a Firefighter at Basingstoke until his retirement in June 1990.
West, John On 18 December 2013
Aged 83
John served as a Firefighter at Fordingbridge Fire Station until he retired in 1983.
White, Ray On 27 November 2014
Aged 87
Ray served as a Fireman at Gosport until he retired in May 1975.
Whitehouse, Malcolm On 20 June 2011
Aged 73
Malcolm joined Hampshire in April 1972 following service with Walsall Fire Brigade. He firstly served as Station Officer (Senior Instructor) at the Training Centre, Assistant Divisional Officer in charge of Basingstoke Fire Station, Divisional Officer, Deputy Divisional Commander of A Division and A Division Headquarters, Basingstoke before becoming the Divisional Commander. He retired in January 1993.
Whiting, George On 23 July 2014
George served at New Milton Fire Station as a Sub Officer.
Wilkins, Ray On 21 February 2011
Aged 63
Ray originally joined the Southampton Fire Brigade and left the service as a Leading Fireman, serving at Redbridge in March 1977, to join the Esso Refinery Fire Department.
Wiseman, Alan On 15 October 2013
Aged 65
Alan served at Overton Fire Station as a fireman until his retirement in December 2002.
Witchard, Jim On 10 January 2016
Age unknown
Jim served as a firefighter at Alresford Fire Station from 1966 to 1991.
Woodley, Trevor On 13 January 2018
Aged 65
Trevor retired from the Service in December 2002 as Divisional Officer at Basingstoke ‘A Division’ Headquarters, having served at a variety of locations including Winchester, St Mary’s and as an instructor in the Training Centre.
Woodward, Mike On 1 April 2012
Aged 66
Mike Joined the Southampton Fire Brigade, serving at Woolston, Redbridge Hill and the Docks Fire Stations until his retirement as a Firefighter in December 1995.
Wright, Joyce On 9 March 2012
Wife of Alan Wright Joyce will be remembered for her unstinting support of the Ben Fund and the many hours she spent alongside Alan, fundraising at various station open days and fire service events. Her commitment to the Fund was truly outstanding.
Wykes, Kevin On 17 July 2016
Aged 66
Kevin served at Lymington from October 1979 to January 2007, retiring as a Leading Firefighter.

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York, Den On 25 April 2011
Aged 79
Den served as a Fireman at Lymington Fire Station until his retirement in 1986
Young, Leonard On 10 May 2013
Aged 68 years
Leonard served at Tadley Fire Station as a Firefighter until he left on 6 January 1982.
Young, Roger On 18 August 2012
Aged 70
Roger was a member of the Portsmouth Auxiliary Fire Service, based at Copnor, until it disbanded in 1968.

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