Heroes of the blitz – men who rescued the trapped in Portsmouth

George 'Curly' Palmer with fellow members of the ARP rescue team
George 'Curly' Palmer with fellow members of the ARP rescue team
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Regular readers will recall Irene Shergold’s recent set of photographs of the Portsmouth branch of the Girls’ Training Corps taken during the Second World War.

She might be 95 now, but Irene, of Earlsdon Street, Southsea, is still able to sift through her collection to provide us with further mementos from her life.

The picture features her father, William Shergold (on the extreme left) during his time with the Portsmouth Rescue Service.

These were teams of men who had the horrendous task of gaining access to bombed buildings to reach people who were still alive.

One can only imagine the horrors they saw in the city’s devastated buildings as they worked among the dead and injured.

Irene says: ‘They worked from a depot in Haslemere Road, but he never spoke of what he did after the raids.’