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TED
Ted Jermyn at the unveiling of the Roll of Honour. Photo: Chris Phillips
Firefighters have honoured the memory of the last surviving member of the Liverpool Police Fire Brigade who has died.
Albert Edward Jermyn, known as “Ted”, who was 99-years- old and lived in Formby, was a Fireman during the Blitz in Merseyside in the Second World War. He was a fireman for 31 years and retired in 1969. A funeral service for Ted, who was born in Liverpool on October 10, 1915, was held at St Luke’s Church, Formby, in December after his death on December 3.
During his career as a Fireman, he was promoted to Leading Fireman, Sub Officer and also, later,
Station Officer. He, along with another Fireman, was awarded a FSC (Fire Service Commendation) for
rescuing a woman at a house fire in Collinson Street, Liverpool, on May 16, 1956. In May 1941 he
attended Blitz fires on St Georges Crescent, and he attended the Lewis’s building in Liverpool after
it was bombed.
In March 1943, Ted was called up for National Service, where he was accepted by the RAF and
trained as a Wireless operator / Air Gunner. He was posted to Bomber Command flying in Lancaster’s. However, he suffered from ear trouble
and he was transferred to the Royal Artillery on DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship) duties on-board merchant ships. He served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In February 1946 he was demobbed and joined the National Fire Service (NFS) in March 1946.
Ted also attended the William Henderson’s department store fire in Liverpool on June 22, 1960. Ted joined the Army in October 1936 and was accepted into the Horse Guards at Knightsbridge, moving to Combermere Barracks, Windsor, and transferring to the Life Guards. On May 12, 1938, Ted took part in the Coronation of King George VI as part of the escort to Queen Mary. He also paid £35 to buy himself out of the Army and joined the City of Liverpool Police on January 23, 1939.
The Liverpool Police Fire Brigade was formed in 1836. It lasted until all UK Fire Brigades were nationalised in August 1941. On de-nationalisation on April 1, 1948, the City of Liverpool Fire Service was formed.
Firefighters from Formby Community Fire Station, at the request of the family of Ted Jermyn, acted as bearers for his coffin for both the service at St Luke’s Church, Formby, and at the Thornton Garden of Rest. A fire appliance from Formby Community Fire Station also attended the service.
Ted Jermyn continued to support the Service even after he retired and attended a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Merseyside fire and rescue service in April 2014. He also attended the unveiling of the Roll of Honour at the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre in May 2012, which named those Firemen killed as a result of “enemy action” during World War Two and the Blitz in Merseyside. The names, ranks and the month and year they died are included amongst a total of 67 Firemen and one Liverpool Auxiliary Fire Service Boy Messenger killed as a result of enemy action during the Blitz of 1940 and 1941 in Merseyside.
Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens said: “We were very sad to hear of the death of Ted Jermyn. I met Ted on a number of occasions in recent years and he was quite an amazing and very interesting man who had served his community very well as a fireman for 31 years.”
In the aftermath of the tragic fire at the William Henderson’s Department store on Church Street in Liverpool in June, 1960, the Offices Shops and Railway Premises Act, which was in draft form at the time of the fire where 11 people died, was changed to provide the necessary enforcement powers for Brigade officers which they had previously lacked. The fire had spread
in part due to doors being propped open at the store, which fire officers had
advised the store should
not be left open.
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Trooper Jermyn pictured in 1936


































































































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