As the names of West Yorkshire's firefighters killed doing their job were added to a national memorial Charles Heslett joined a nationwide minute's silence in tribute to the dead
HEADS bowed they gathered to honour the memory of their fallen comrades, firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the public.
As the clock struck 11am, they stood stock still at Gipton Fire Station, each man keenly aware of the price those they were honouring had paid.
They came together as part of a national day of remembrance which saw the names of 31 firefighters from West Yorkshire who lost their lives doing the job they loved added to a memorial statue in London.
Princess Anne witnessed the unveiling of the names on the United Kingdom Fire Service Memorial outside St Paul's Cathedral in the capital.
West Yorkshire Fire Service's chief fire officer Phil Toase was at yesterday's ceremony which was attended by ambassadors from around the world, London Fire Commissioner Ken Knight and serving and past firefighters.
The county's Fire Authority chairman Coun Harry Fox and divisional officer Brian Robson were also present.
A minute's silence was held at 11am at fire stations across the country as part of the day which marked the International Firefighters' Day of Remembrance.
The last firefighter to die in active service in West Yorkshire was Jeffrey Naylor, from Keighley fire station, who lost his life on July 10, 1983, trying to save a family from a blaze.
Mr Brian Robson said: "The Fire Service is a huge family and wherever and whenever a firefighter is killed the 'family' feels a great sense of loss.
"Post September 11, two years ago, we recognised there was a need a celebrate lives of our fallen colleagues. The Firefighters' Memorial Trust was set up in 1991 and created the statue for those killed during The Blitz. Since then there has been a move towards remembrance for the other firefighters who have paid the ultimate price. We felt this was the most dignified way of doing it."
The Yorkshire firefighters were among 1,173 new names added to the statue which was originally unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1991 to remember those lost battling fires during the Blitz.
Roll of honour
THE West Yorkshire firefighters who names have been added to the memorial are (all rank of Fireman, except where stated):
JOHN HARTLEY Leeds and Yorkshire Insurance Company, 6 January 1831
THOMAS CONWAY Bradford Fire Brigade &
FRANK CLARKE Bradford Fire Brigade, 23 June 1889
JAMES POTTER SCHOFIELD London, Liverpool and Globe Insurance Company, 13 January 1892
JAMES HARRISON Greetland Fire Brigade, 21 December 1893
JOSEPH ELLIS Leeds Fire Brigade,
30 March 1897
EBENEZER INESON Batley Fire Brigade, 14 April 1900
ALEXANDER CARMICHAEL Brighouse Fire Brigade, 6 October 1903
HERBERT STOREY Leeds Fire Brigade,
24 February 1909
Station Officer CHARLES SUGDEN,NIGHTON PRIDMORE, FRED NORMINGTON, ELI BUCKLEY, EDGAR SHAW, JOSEPH EDMUND BINNS all of Bradford Fire Brigade, 21 August 1916
FRED SHARPE Dewsbury Fire Brigade, 22 March 1919
PATRICK DUNLEAVY Leeds Fire Brigade, 4 January 1922
ISSAC PERCIVAL Leeds Fire Brigade,
18 January 1924
JAMES GAVAGHAN & HENRY TINDALE Batley Fire Brigade, 17 July 1926
ALFRED E WATERHOUSE Leeds Fire Brigade, 31 December 1930
ERNEST NETHERWOOD National Fire Service (Colne Valley station), 11 October 1947
Section Leader PAUL CROMWELL National Fire Service (Leeds - Park Street Station) & Leading Fireman WALTER DUTHOIT National Fire Service (Farsley station), 16 February 1944
ARNOLD THOMAS WATSON Halifax Fire Brigade, 27 June 1949
J A THOMPSON Wakefield City Fire Brigade, 14 June 1950
JACK WILKINSON DCM Leeds City Fire Brigade, 1 October 1956
K GLEDHILL West Riding County Fire Service, 25 May 1963
B WARD West Riding County Fire Service,14 May 1965
HYLTON BREARLEY West Yorkshire Fire Service (Meltham), 14 December 1976
JEFFREY NAYLOR West Yorkshire Fire Service (Keighley), 10 July 1983