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Photo of Archibald Walter Sharpe

Archibald Walter Sharpe

Member of the Fire Brigade
Place of Death Surrey St Helier Birthplace Kent Willesborough Date of Birth: May 21, 1893 Date of Death: March 2, 1950


Gretna Fire Brigade 1915 – 1925
Professional fire brigade members

Research Project led by Nigel Compton

Service and Personal details

Name Archibald Walter Sharpe DoB 21 May 1893

Place of birth Willesborough Kent England

Parents Alfred J and Margaret (also shown as Margarita)

Parental Home 23 Royds Road, Willesborough, Kent 1901
30 Herbert Road, Willesborough, Kent 1911

Siblings Alfred, Mabel, Hilda Ellen, Tryphena Nellie, John, Margaret

Spouse Barbara Whitelaw Cairns

Date of Wedding 17 August 1914

Location Leopold Place, Edinburgh

Children Alfred William (1915), John Wilfred, Margaret, Archibald Walter (1920)

Marital home(s) 86 Waverley Road, Epsom

Employment See below in Additional Notes

1911 Census Serving on SS Arracan, Steam Trading Vessel, as a sailor which was
docked at No 25 Coal Tip, No 2 Barry Dock on April 2nd 1911

Date of death 2nd March 1950 Location County Hospital, St Helier, Surrey

Gretna details

Name Alexander Walter Sharpe Clock No

Date joining December 1915 or early January 1916

Date leaving 1917

Station Annan Road

Addresses 27 Annan Road

Rank on start Fireman

Promotion None identified

Newspapers The Scotsman 1932 includes photo

Career after Rejoined Edinburgh City Fire Brigade in 1919
Joined Surbiton Fire Brigade as 2nd Officer 1932
Chief Officer, Surbiton Fire Brigade in 1933 until November 1937
Retired October 1937

Awards Mercantile Marine Medal – Great War Service

Additional information

Employment and career
Mercantile Marine up to 1911,
London Fire Brigade 1912-1913
Edinburgh Fire Brigade 1913-1915
Gretna Fire Brigade 1915-1917
Naval Service with Mercantile Marine 1917-1919
Edinburgh Fire Brigade 1919-1932
Surbiton Fire Brigade 1932-1937
1939 – employed as temporary clerk in War Office

Known addresses in Edinburgh & Surrey
1913-1915 – West Norton Place, Edinburgh – serving at London Road Fire Station
1919-1920 – 78 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh – serving at Edinburgh Fire Brigade HQ station
1921-1932 – 1 West Norton Place, Edinburgh – serving at London Road Fire Station
1932-1937 – Surbiton Fire Station house, Ewell Road, Surbiton
1937-1950 – 86 Waverley Road, Ewell, Surrey

The 1911 census shows that Alfred and Margaret had 7 kids, 4 still alive (this is we believe incorrect and should be 5 alive)


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