On this day we remember two Jims, James Ball (1890-1931) and James William Ball (1918-1990), grandfather and father of Mr GeniAus, who both served in the NSW Fire Brigade which is now known as Fire & Rescue NSW. Theirs were not distinguished careers but these two men, who worked in appalling conditions without the benefit of current safety standards, were dedicated and hard-working officers.
Prior to joining the Fire Brigade James Ball (1890-1931) served in the Australian Navy. It was probably James' experience as a leading stoker on Australian warships that prompted him to join the Fire Brigade.
|1916 'AUSTRALIA'S DEFENDERS.', The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 8 March, p. 2. , viewed 04 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86082068|
|James Ball 1890-1931 2nd from left, top row|
|James Ball 1890-1931) (Top left)|
|1931 'DEATH OF FIREMAN JAS. BALL.', The Propeller (Hurstville, NSW : 1911 - 1954), 9 October, p. 1. , viewed 04 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article235040812|
|James William Ball at left (1918-1990) on the job|
|James William (2nd from right) and East Maitland crew|
|James William not long before he retired|
|James William Ball (1918-1990) Certificate of service|
Today we salute the service of two Jims and all firefighters around the world who work tirelessly to protect we and our property.