Heroic fireman of the blitz who won praise across city

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

Friday, 15th July 2016, 6:00 am
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

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

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.

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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’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.

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.

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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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