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Clarnico Fire Brigade

Request - 2016

Can anyone help in providing information about a group of Clarnico firemen?
Malc Tovey Fire Services National Museum Trust Northampton and Alan House Firefighters Memorial Trust London have for the last four years been researching Firemen that had joined the Colours in the Boer War, WW1 & WW2 but were Killed in Action.

'In particular we seek their Rank, Regiment, and when Killed in Action'. Their names follow:
F. Barker
S.E. Brown
A. Cater
H. Clark
T. Cosgrove
C. Evans
E. Gaskell
W. Hillyard
F. Meadows
J.G. Peachey
G. Ruddell
C. Russell
A. Thompson
T.A. Wild: possibly Thomas Alfred Wild, d. 29/12/2014, Private, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment, 2nd Battalion, L/10159; birth registered as 'Alfred Thomas Wild', Bethnal Green, 1879 or 1882; left widow Elizabeth Annie Wild (CWGC, ancestry, findmypast, freeBMD)
M. Willis

If you can help Malc and Alan please get in touch.

Sepia group photo of 20 firemen in uniform outside premises

Paul Beerling has provided two excellent photos of the Clarnico fire brigade. He writes 'Some years ago as a Retained Fireman in Hastings I was lucky to retrieve some old framed photographs from the local dustcart which was heading to the refuse tip. I recently came across these again in the loft and thought with the help of the Internet I would like to trace the name of the Fire Brigade which can be seen on the old wooden firecart in the photograph.'

'To my surprise when entering the word Clarnico it came up with a sweet manufacturer, which I had never heard of, and more surpisingly ' Brentford ' which is where my wife and I got married in 1975 at the Register Office, and is not a stones throw from Chiswick where my wife was born.'

The photo above shows 20 men in uniform with brass helmets Helmet detail, with fire hoses, standpipes and ladders. The second photo (below) shows the same equipment but with (different?) men in caps rather than helmets. Please contact if you can suggest dates.

A photo from 2008 on flickr shows a Clarnico building in E15 which looks similar to the photos here. Two telephone directory references:

  • 1938: Clarnico Depot at Carpenters Road, Hackney, E15
  • 1968: Clarnico Factory at Waterden Road, E15
Incidentally the Clarnico premises at 57 High Street Brentford were near to Brentford's own fire station, 53 High Street, so presumably did not need their own firemen.

A 1910 trade directory includes the following:
Clarke, Nickolls, & Coombs Ltd., wholesale & export confectioners; makers of gum, gelative & pan goods; boiled sugars; lozenges, liquorice, cocoanut confectionery, chocolates, "Clarnico" cocoa, "Clarnico" caramels, jams, jellies, marmalade, "Clarnico"christmas crackers & stockings; Clarnico confectionery works, Victoria park NE; branches 11 Bishopsgate st. without EC; 209 Borough High st. SE; 57 High st. Brentford; 100 Fore st. Edmonton N; 10 High st, South Norwood SE & 86 Bristol st. Birmingham

Clarke, Nickolls & Coombs explains the tradename Clarnico.

Sepia group photo of 20 firemen in uniform outside premises

Published October 2009; updated June 2010

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