Heroic fireman of the blitz who won praise across city

George Warren Snr is in the back row, second from the right, but his son has no idea where or when this picture was taken
George Warren Snr is in the back row, second from the right, but his son has no idea where or when this picture was taken
Slimming - Carol Stedman, who raised the most money in the sponsored slim, presenting the proceeds to Julie McGuire

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George Warren is proud of his late father, also George, and so were the people of Portsmouth it would seem.

While serving in The Portsmouth National Fire Service during the Second World War, he was commended for his bravery time and again.

BOMB A letter commending George Warrens bravery in helping to remove a 500lb German bomb from the sale room of an estate agency in Sussex Street

BOMB A letter commending George Warrens bravery in helping to remove a 500lb German bomb from the sale room of an estate agency in Sussex Street

George Jnr, of London Road, Horndean, was going through his albums and scrapbooks and thought readers might be interested in his father’s exploits.

And there must be many still alive who remember him.

George Jnr’s package sent to me included several tributes from well-known businessmen in the city and one from the town clerk.

He also appeared to feature regularly in the columns of The Evening News.

BRAVE A portrait of George Warren Snr which his son believes might have been taken when he was made a section leader with Portsmouth National Fire Service.

BRAVE A portrait of George Warren Snr which his son believes might have been taken when he was made a section leader with Portsmouth National Fire Service.

They all pay tribute to George Snr’s bravery in diving into burning and collapsed buildings and remaining inside and talking to those trapped until they were rescued.

An Evening News report of George Warren Snr's attempt to rescue three men from a bombed building during the war

An Evening News report of George Warren Snr's attempt to rescue three men from a bombed building during the war

LINE-UP Members of the Portsmouth National Fire Service, all carrying their gas masks, in a picture believed to have been taken on the steps of the Guildhall in 1940. George Warren Snr is in fourth row from the front, third from the right

LINE-UP Members of the Portsmouth National Fire Service, all carrying their gas masks, in a picture believed to have been taken on the steps of the Guildhall in 1940. George Warren Snr is in fourth row from the front, third from the right

A letter commending George Warren Snr for a having a heart as large as a lion's

A letter commending George Warren Snr for a having a heart as large as a lion's

LIKE FATHER... George Warren Jnr followed in his fathers footsteps. After National Service he joined Portsmouth City Fire Brigade in 1954. Here he is, fifth from the front

LIKE FATHER... George Warren Jnr followed in his fathers footsteps. After National Service he joined Portsmouth City Fire Brigade in 1954. Here he is, fifth from the front