"I was delighted to see these old
photos of Lauriston Fire Station:
My grandfather grew up at this old
fire station from 1896 to 1903, and continued to visit there
intermittently until he migrated to Australia in 1920.
"My grandfather, being orphaned as a
toddler, was raised by his Uncle Arthur - Arthur Pordage, the Fire
Superintendent of Edinburgh for many yrs from 1896.
Our family in Australia is very proud
of Uncle Arthur's work . We understand that he 'invented'
the fireman's pole, a photo of which appears in your collection:
While Uncle Arthur had a daughter, he
had no further descendants of his own. So this now very large
family in Australia are Arthur Pordage's descendants."
"My grandfather, after being raised at
Lauriston, joined the 17th Lancers and served many years in India
prior to WW1. He then married in Sheffield and went to WW1
as an 'Old Contemptible'.
Although he served the rest of the war
in France, by chance he was visiting his Uncle Arthur at the time
of the Armistice, and sent a telegram from Lauriston to Grandma in
Sheffield on 11 November 1918, letting her know what train he
would be arriving on back in Sheffield."
Jocelyn Abrahams, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia:
July 1, 2015