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Frank Davis's Funeral Procession 1948

View of funeral cars, three with floral tributes, accompanied by 6 men from the Fire Station in uniform
Roger Davis sent this photo showing the funeral of his grandfather, Frank Davis, in 1948. Frank Davis was the Superintendant, then Captain, at Brentford Fire Station in the 1920s and 1930s.

Keith Davis adds 'The fire officers along side the coffin on the far side were Peter Blundell, near side Bob Hubbuck, the middle fireman unknown, the rear fireman was Sam Davis my father.'

The area of the High Street behind the procession is the stretch up to 276 High Street, which is where Frank Davis ran his building business in 1928.

Note the Central Garage at no. 274/5, the site of the Coronet Cinema, the facade is visible.

To the left of the garage are numbers 273 and 273a: these were originally one building, the Kings Arms PH. No. 273a was the receiving office for a laundry in 1933 and 1940 trade directories. It is possible to make out the name 'Pier House Laundry' in the photo.

Arthur Peters added in August 2013: The Rolls Royces in the photo may have belonged to Sargents as he had a number of Rolls Royces. My Father welded the exhaust on some of them.

More details about the properties and people who lived in this area; see Occupations for links to other pages about the Brentford Fire Service.

Published May 2009; last updated October 2013