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THE author of a new book shedding light on the lives of those in the Second World War will give a talk at Portsmouth Central Library.

James Daly, author of Portsmouth’s World War Two Heroes – Stories of Fallen Men and Women, will discuss it from 1.30pm to 3pm on May 12.

It documents the lives of some of the 2,549 Portsmouth servicemen and women that were killed in their wartime occupations. The book reveals the account of a 16-year-old paratrooper, a bomb disposal petty officer awarded the George Cross, and men killed in battleships, submarines and tanks in the war.

Mr Daly said: ‘I was inspired to write the book by my grandfather, who was an Arnhem veteran, and my great-uncle who died after the troopship SS Laconia was torpedoed in the South Atlantic.’

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