Brave firemen who fought a blaze at sisters’ house

170212 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Firemen and police officers of the Portsmouth Borough Police Fire Brigade who fought the 1927 fire at Brighton Street, Landport, Portsmouth.''PICTURE: From: Eddie Wallace [mailto:eddie126wallace@yahoo.co.uk]

170212 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: Firemen and police officers of the Portsmouth Borough Police Fire Brigade who fought the 1927 fire at Brighton Street, Landport, Portsmouth.''PICTURE: From: Eddie Wallace [mailto:eddie126wallace@yahoo.co.uk]

A redundant Blackpool tram in Havant goods yard between 1964 and 1966.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

A streetcar named Hayling Billy would have run on saved line

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The recent Remember When story about the two sisters who survived a devastating fire at their Portsmouth home in 1927, prompted regular contributor Eddie Wallace to search his archives

And he managed to find this grainy photograph of the firemen who would have fought the blaze in Brighton Street, Landport.

In the middle of the front row of the men from the Portsmouth Borough Police Fire Brigade is Inspector Gould.

Eddie, of Revenge Close, Milton, Portsmouth, himself a former police officer in the city, says: ‘He was ex-Royal Navy and served at the battle of the Falklands in the First World War.

‘He joined the police in 1908 and retired in 1937 with the rank of superintendent. He was also an ardent Salvationist..’

Earlier this month I featured Vera Peek and Grace Alton, the sisters who survived the fire and who, along with their six siblings, were dropped to safety from a bedroom window into the arms of neighbours by their father Alfred Jeffrey.

The only household item he managed to save was a small desk bureau containing the family’s papers and the sisters have now been reunited with it.

Eddie said the picture was take in the brigade’s yard at Park Road, Landport, opposite the town hall (now the Guildhall).

And he can remember the names: back row (l to r): PCs Alf Wright, Reg Smith, Sydney Boyland, Cecil ‘Whip’ Woodlands, Denny Kewell, Harry Colverson, Jack Shepherd, Harry Colwell.

Front: PCs Harry Hicks, George Langford, Sergeant Spicer, Insp Gould, Sgt Jack Le Fevre, PCs Bert Prior and Fred Herring, a civilian saddler.

Eddie also found a photo of him on point duty in 1948 outside the old Savoy building on South Parade Pier, Southsea.

He says: ‘I wonder how many people remember police officers in white coats performing traffic duty?’

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