In the roof
space of Winchester Fire Station when I became the officer in charge
I found a Log book and other material The log is a verbatim record
of all the activities of the Andover Fire Brigade (in Hampshire,
England) it was started on 2nd January 1908 and the last dated entry
was on 11th August 1916 recording all the station activities. I
realised I had a unique original 100 year old document.
I've scanned over 230+ original diary pages to reproduce them in
as much deatail as I can. They represent a full record of everything
that this unique original diary contains.
Every images In these web pages are replicas of the log page even
the pencil entries mostly auditors comments are readable .
Other pages contain the name and address of the
Captain and of his crew and details of much else besides. It documents
all the incidents during that period both large and small as well
as recording the outbreak of war in 1914 and it's impact on the
readers will know that almost all towns had fires which were of
great distress to the inhabitants and sometimes considerable damage.
On the right is one I found for Andover on Easter Monday 1901 which
left families and about a hundred children homeless.
Slowly over the years I typed the log details on to pages in a
folder and they lived on my office bookshelf with just occasional
readings. Then one day when talking about them to my son he demonstrated
to me that my own computer has the ability to display them as they
were actually written .I recognised that displayed in that way they
demonstrated both the authenticity of the log and the phraseology
of the times this fired my enthusiasm to share them with you.
I also realised that what to me were just names and addresses they
were to others recognisable people perhaps even family members or
friends. Having shared them with you I would like to,invite you
to contact me and pass on any information or even photographs and
pictures which will help in bringing the past to life
If you have information please contact me. I promise to look after
them and mention you in the credits.
If you know any of the persons featured in these web pages. I would
love you to contact me this would bring history to life for both
the fire service and Andover residents.
free to contact me I look forward to hearing from you