Marines instructor gets to grips with wartime girls in Portsmouth

Knees bend, arms stretch - a Royal Marine PT instructor puts Girls' Training Corps members through their paces
Knees bend, arms stretch - a Royal Marine PT instructor puts Girls' Training Corps members through their paces

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Irene Shergold supplied all today’s pictures which look back at her time with the Girls’ Training Corps in Portsmouth.

This cadet force was established all over the country during the Second World War.

rw shergold''Irene Shergold, on the extreme right, leading officers and cadets of the Portsmouth Girls' Training Corps at the victory parade on Southsea Common at the end of the Second World War

rw shergold''Irene Shergold, on the extreme right, leading officers and cadets of the Portsmouth Girls' Training Corps at the victory parade on Southsea Common at the end of the Second World War

It existed, mainly, to attract girls who were too young to join the women’s services.

Irene, from Southsea, features in the photograph below.

She is leading the smart contingent of officers and cadets from the Portsmouth branch of the GTC past Southsea Common during the city’s victory parade at the end of the war.

Irene is on the extreme right of the picture and can hardly be seen.

But she wonders if any other readers might have a picture from the same event, one which shows her more clearly.

Please get in touch with me if you can help.