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Fire Servcie Burgh Heath - Fairlands 802 (or 805?)
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Fire Servcie Burgh Heath - Fairlands 802 (or 805?)

The men and woman (Cookie Savin??) of the Burgh Heath Fire Service taken 28th September with the words "Fairlands 802 or 805" written on the reverse (I can't make out the last digit!) my grandfather, Cecil "Ted" Kirk-Richards is 3rd from the right on the back row. Family legend has it that the team attended the East End when it was bombed during the war and my mother remembers her father attending a fire at the Tate and Lyle suger refinery. I'd love to know if anyone has any further information about these very brave men who, in my grandfathers case at least, were rejected by the armed services as being unfit to fight (Cecil has very bad eyesight) yet risked their lives fighting fires!
Picture added on 19 November 2009 at 14:07
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Carol, Do you have a year for this photo? Banstead men certainly did attend fires in London.
There is more information on our main site at http://www.bansteadhistory.com/Fire%20Station.html
Added by Lewis Wood on 19 November 2009
This is a terrific photo! Yes, the Auxiliary Fire Service in WW2 used to be mocked as "shirkers" in the earlier years of the war, but they more than proved their worth when these brave firefighters travelled sometimes hundreds of miles to the London Docks, to Portsmouth, Southampton and even as far as Coventry in support of their colleagues.
Added by Michael Bissett-Powell on 08 September 2013
My father was an auxiliary/part time fireman at Great Burgh in WW2. That was in addition to his factory day job. He attended local fires, but not, as far as I know, London fires. I remember him saying the London blitz fires in 1940 were so bright, that at Tattenham Corner, it was possible to read a newspaper at night by their light!
Added by Michael Funnell on 27 October 2014
Did not know this !

A little bit more information is recorded on the www.firestations.org.uk website, which may be of interest -

An AFS fire station was based at Burgh Heath (Surrey) during WWII at The Distillery Company at Great Burgh.
It was numbered K2T in Fire Force 36.

Aerial photo of the former AFS site -
Added by David Isted on 19 April 2016
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