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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Glengall Road School 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Men of the Auxiliary Fire Service, Second World War, stationed at Glengall Road School (now Cubitt Town) sub-station. From top to bottom: MacDonald, Rosen, Cohen, Greenfield, Cohen and Cash. To the left, fire hoses drying out. These hoses could be hard to handle. One ex-AFS man, Mr A Sharpe, recalls the fire at Lenantons Wharf: We climbed a crane with our hoses to play down on the fire; there were three of us hanging on to the hose with a lot of water pressure coming through, not easy when standing on a crane. Finally we lashed the hose to the crane and got a breather. Suddenly a bomb dropped and the blast caught us - down we came, unhurt but bloody frightened!