He was a hero in the truest sense of the word

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It’s a story that will resonate with many people in this area – Geronwy Evans put the lives of others above his own as the bombs rained down.

Mr Evans, who has died aged 94, was a true hero.

It’s a word that gets bandied about all too often, but he was the real thing.

In March, 1941, as the Blitz was in full swing, he was a young policeman on the beat in Portsmouth.

The city was a prime target for the Germans, who were targeting the battleships in the harbour.

But, as everyone in the city knows, the bombing was not confined to the harbour.

Mr Evans was on hand when a bomb landed behind a large house in Elm Grove.

And with lives at risk at a neighbouring nursing home, he sprang into action, tackling the blaze and working hard to make sure people inside got to safety.

His selflessness and bravery is something we can all admire.

They are qualities that are certainly not common.

It must be hard to imagine for some young people today, but Mr Evans put his life on the line in his early 20s and it was all in a day’s work.

And for that bravery, he received the second-highest honour in the land, the George Medal, from the King.

It’s no wonder his daughter, Patricia Hobbs, speaks with such pride. And it’s also no wonder Mr Evans rarely spoke of what he did. No doubt he saw some horrific scenes that were best forgotten.

Without belittling the problems that young people face in modern society, it would serve them well to read Mr Evans’ story and consider how life has changed over these past 71 years.

Yes, there are still many challenges, but few will ever face the choices he did.

His actions should help put perspective on today’s woes.