William Taylor, wartime AFS and NFS Fireman in London

A few months ago, I got a lovely email out of the blue, about a wartime fireman:London Fire Brigade, appliance roomshadwell and whitchapel visit june 2013 001ibiza and turntable june 2013 060

My Brother and I have been researching my Father’s fire service during WWII.

He joined the AFS in 1939 and was Class B.  He practically immediately qualified to be a ‘Red Rider’  for the LFB.  In July 1940 he was attached to Whitechapel 28 and we are lucky to have his Warrant Card showing the date and his brigade number.

We also have his 1942 Standard Drill Book in which he has put L/F meaning Leading Fireman and his NFS number.

My Mother said that he was posted at Cable Street in London, which will be the existing Shadwell Fire Station and the picture attached above, from Mary Evans, is reported to be Shadwell.  Having contacted the LFB Museum they have confirmed that the appliances shown are a Fordson Hose Laying Lorry 1939, Dennis Big 4 Limousine 1939/40 and a Merryweather Pump Escape – date unknown but the appliances are definitely wartime or just before due to the white paint on the vehicles.   Also the windows have got tape over them.

Here is a PDF of history compiled by his daughter: William Taylor

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I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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