Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal Bygone Days feature, and on the Archives flickr site, March 25, 2014: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elgincountyarchives/12773978034/.
2 photographs : b&w ; 26.5 x 31.5 cm
Scope and Content
Members of the St. Thomas Fire Company pose in front of the St. Thomas Fire Hall on Southwick Street, 1887.
Front row, left to right: Christopher Calcott, J. Hellier, James Foley, William H. Walbourn, Sam Bowlby, J. Hayes, H. Calver, N. Gadsby.
Second row: B. Reice, William Barclay, William Grimstead, Richard Small, Frank Revell, Alonzo Bowlby, Thomas Robinson, Peter Brown, Harry Crack, F. Doggett, Alexander Henderson.
Back row: H. Rayner, William Foote.
-Christopher Calcott's hand is bandaged from fighting the fire caused by the 1887 collision between an MCR freight train and a London & Port Stanley (L & PS) passenger train that killed 14 people, including St. Thomas Fire Department firefighter Herman Ponsford.
-The monument in the middle was produced by the St. Thomas Bronze Company to honour the firemen who fought the 1887 collision fire. It is inscribed with the names of the firemen and includes this statement: "A Tribute to the Bravery of Our Firemen, July 15, 1887; Ponsford, The Victim". The monument is now located in the fire hall on Wellington Street.