|Death: ||May 5, 1942|
Isle of Wight, England
Civilian Casualty of WWII, Herbert,aged 40,
was a Leading Fireman, National Fire Service; of 54 St. John's Road, Ryde. He was the son of Lydia Jessie Dewey. Died at Marvins Yard.
Inquest Held: COWES, URBAN DISTRICT
Article below from THE ISLE OF WIGHT TIMES Thursday 7th May 1942 , page 5
MAYOR AND TOWN CLERK BEREAVED
Sons Killed In Action
On Tuesday the Mayor of Ryde (Councillor H.W.O. WEEKS) and the Town Clerk (Mr. T.J. FAWDRY) received the sad news that each had lost a son in the service of his country though in different spheres of action.
The Mayor's younger son,Mr. Colin Henry Weeks,who was only 19 years of age, was killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning while serving with the National Fire Service during the blitz on a South Coast town. He was one of two Ryde young men who lost their lives in the same raid. Both men had come safely through strenuous fire-fighting during heavy raiding on the same locality a few hours previously only to be killed in a renewed onslaught.
Educated at Ryde School, Mr. Colin WEEKS was taking a special London college course for a Civil Service and the examinations were due to be held in January, 1940, but the outbreak of war meant a change of plans, and he was engaged on administrative and fire duties at Ryde Fire Station, passing his fireman's test. He was later absorbed in the N.F.S. He took a keen interest in studying the organ, and was a valued teacher at All Saint's Sunday School
The other fireman to lose his life was Mr. Bert DEWEY, only son of Mrs. DEWEY, of Oakdene, St. John's Rd , Ryde. Like the Mayor's son, Mr. DEWEY was very popular among his firemen colleagues, and their death was widely regretted. Mr. DEWEY was well-known in the Island as a leader of a small orchestra, being himself a skilful violinist.
Both at a Council-in-Committee meeting and a public meeting on Russia held in Ryde on Tuesday evening those present stood in silent tribute to their memory.
The funeral of both firemen takes place at All Saint's Church, Ryde, tomorrow (Friday) at 2.30 p.m.
Article below from THE ISLE OF WIGHT TIMES Thursday 14th May 1942 , page 6
FUNERAL OF THE YOUNG RYDE FIREMEN
Impressive Tributes to Blitz Gallantry.
Seldom, if ever, in the History of Ryde have more impressive tributes been paid to devotion to duty than on Friday afternoon at the funeral of two firemen who lost their lives whilst fire- fighting during a recent blitz on the south coast.
The firemen were Mr. Herbert James DEWEY, aged 40, only son of Mrs. DEWEY, of "Oakdene", St. John's Road , Ryde and Mr. Colin Henry WEEKS, the 19-years-old younger son of the Mayor and Mayoress of Ryde (Councillor and Mrs H.W.O. WEEKS). Both were young men of outstanding qualities immensely popular with their colleagues of the National Fire Service and esteemed throughout the town. The sympathy of the whole community has gone out to the bereaved families in their irreparable loss. Mr. DEWEY had arranged to get married in a few weeks time.
Mr. DEWEY and Colin had arranged to play the organ and violin together; they were music friends, a pursuit which gave them great happiness.
The first part of the funeral was at All Saint's Church, which was almost filled to capacity by the congregation representative of all branches of Civil Defence and of civic life, while many hundreds more lined the route and assembled at the Ryde Cemetery for the concluding rites.
The coffins were draped with the Union Jack on which rested choice flowers, were each carried on a fire engine, and were followed by a lorry burdened with flowers. The bearers were firemen colleagues of the two men.
The service was conducted by the Rev. Canon R.S. MOXON (vicar of Ryde), the Rev. E.E.M. GREEN (incumbent of St. James's Church), and the Rev. F.H. ROLFE. The hymns sung were " When I survey the Wonderous Cross " and "Abide with me." Mr. E.G. WELSH (organist), who accompanied the singing of the hymns, played at the conclusion of the service Walford Davies' "Solemn Melody."
Isle of Wight Unitary Authority
Isle of Wight, England
Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Mar 06, 2011
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