In the autumn of 1942 many of the police firemen and police constables in Portsmouth were still in reserved occupations because of the bombing on the city in the previous two years.
By the end of 1942 with the worst of the bombing now ceased many of these men were called up into the services.
To help matters a contingent of Canadian firefighters came to the city to assist the local lads.
Comprising 100 officers and men, the volunteers were drawn from fire brigades from all over Canada.
They remained in the city for two years and when they left a lunch was arranged at the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea. Does anyone remember these Canadians?