Monthly Archives: January 2013

Letter from Norwich in Blitz of June 1942

A friend of mine, Owen Thompson, wrote to me, “About a year ago I picked up an old leather wallet at the car boot sale, which had a letter in it. It was from a woman in Norwich to her … Continue reading

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In the Service of the Nation

Owen Thompson, another re-enactor, has very kindly given me a slim book published in 1944 to raise funds for the NFS Benevolent Fund. It is full of lovely pictures by Fireman Reginald Mills, and although fictitious, is entirely based on … Continue reading

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K4 breaks down on way to Alf Porkett’s funeral

Everything was prepared – a test run last weekend, adequate petrol, black ribbon, tunics, choice of cap or helmet, belts and axes, boots cleaned, wet legs sorted – all ready. I set off this morning for Wilford Hill Crematorium, and … Continue reading

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NFS invited to the funeral of Alf Porkett

We have been invited to a funeral next Thursday, to represent the National Fire Service, with the Turntable Ladder. Alf joined the Police Fire Brigade in Nottingham City in the 1930s and served throughout World War 2. He was taken … Continue reading

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Fordson Barton Pump restoration

The front-mounted Barton Pump has been stripped down, in most places, to bare metal, and repainted. The difference between thick loads of paint, and a fresh coat is incredible. It really does look brand new. I have started to re-assemble … Continue reading

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