David Barnes

David Barnes

David lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a fire in a large builders’ merchants store on 15 September 1977. His Red Plaque was presented on the 20th May 2022.

David and his colleague Neil Goldsmith were responding to a fire in a large builders’ merchants store in Elgar Road, Reading when it partially collapsed, trapping them both. Sadly, they had both died by the time they were found, with a significant fire and continuing collapse of the building hampering rescue efforts – which included the involvement of the Chief Fire Office himself. David was 44 years old when he left behind a wife and two children. He held positions in the Fire Brigades Union in Berkshire from 1966 onwards.

Today, David is remembered fondly by his friends, family, and brothers and sisters in the fire service and the FBU. His Red Plaque is located at Caversham Road Fire Station with both David and Neil’s Plaques revealed on the same day.


Photo credits: Mark Thomas

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