Isle of Man, Weekly Times, 26th March, 21
FIRE ENGINE AS HEARSE
Funeral of Fireman killed in Liverpool
On Saturday, the body of Fire Sergeant, Robert KEWIN, of the Hatton Garden, Fire Brigade, who was killed on Tuesday by the collapse of a wall at a fire in Hanover St, Liverpool, was brought to the Island for burial. The deceased, who was only 38yrs old, was a son of Mr and Mrs Robert KEWIN of Kingswood Grove, Douglas, and had been a member of the Liverpool Fire Brigade for 18yrs. His remains were escorted to the Isle of Man steamer by a large number of the Brigade and the Liverpool Police, and a squad of the Brigade accompanied the body to Douglas. On arrival the deceased was met by the Douglas Fire Brigade and a squad of the Insular Police, and the coffin was placed on the new motor, fire engine, and was conveyed to St Matthews church, where a short service was held. The interment was at Braddan.
A striking tribute was paid on Saturday morning to the memory of Police Sergeant Robert KEWIN, who was killed by falling debris while making an inspection of the gutted premises of Messers Ayrton Saunders and Co, drug merchants Hanvover St, Liverpool, on the previous Tuesday. Deceased was very popular among his comrades in the fire brigade and police force, was a native of the Isle of Man, and his remains were taken from the Olive St, Bridewell, where he resided, to the Isle of Man boat.
At Liverpool the cortege was headed by the police, followed by the Police Band playing the, Dead March, behind came a horse carriage bearing the coffin covered with a red pall, bearing many wreaths. At the rear of the private carriages were fire engines from, Liverpool, Birkenhead, and Bootle, and large bodies of men representing these brigades and that of Wallasey, and also the Liverpool Salvage Corps and the Water Department.
The squad from Liverpool Fire Brigade consisted of about eighty men headed by Chief Supt A. W. WEIR and four officers.
The chief mourners present were, Mrs E. KEWIN [Widow] Mr R. KEWIN [Father], Mr Samuel CHRISTIAN, Mr Stanley KEWIN, Mr and Mrs PEDDER, Sergeant and Mrs KENNEDY and the Misses KENNEDY. Sergeant H. WYNNE also accompanied the mourners to the Isle of Man, and represented the Liverpool Fire Brigade at the funeral. The bearer party was composed of Sergeants PETERSON, WYNNE, STELL, GODDEN, COWAN and WOODS.
Wreathes were sent by his late comrades of the Liverpool Fire Brigade, officers and men of the Fire Salvage Corps, officers sergeants and men of A and B. Divisions, Turncocks, Liverpool Corporation Water Department, the directors of Messers Ayrton Saunders, Ltd, the Bootle, Birkenhead and Wallasey Fire Brigades, Louis and Ike, Sergeant and Mrs KENNEDY and family, M. E. JONES, Mr and Mrs NELSON, Mr and Mrs COBB and family, Mr and Mrs E. GARRETT, Mr and Mrs PEDDER etc.
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