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Frank Davis's Funeral Salute 1948

View of funeral car, with three uniformed firemen to each side and a senior officer saluting, with more firemen lining the roadside
Roger Davis sent this photo showing the funeral of his grandfather, Frank Davis, in 1948. Frank Davis was the Superintendant, then Captain, at Brentford Fire Station in the 1920s and 1930s.

Keith Davis adds 'The fire officers along side the coffin on the far side were Peter Blundell, near side Bob Hubbuck, the middle fireman unknown, the rear fireman was Sam Davis my father.'

Numbers 284 - 290 are visible. No. 286 was a chemists: run by Henry Argles Woodfield in 1928, 1933 and 1940.

No. 288 (with the awning) and 289 were Rattenburys: the pawnbrokers sign is visible. The Hovis sign is outside no. 290, which was a long standing bakers. In 1940 is was run by Edwin Simmons.

There is an access between numbers 283 and 284 visible in the photo: up until the 1871 census this was Watson's Court or Watson's Alley - up to 5 households lived here.

More details about the properties and people who lived in this area; see Occupations for links to other pages about the Brentford Fire Service.

Published May 2009