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"THE RESCUE" - 1855

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

March 11, 2008

FAMILY AFFAIR

PHOTO: Family archives

Firefighting is often a family affair with one generation following another into the service.

This is a portrait of Superintendent John Blyth of the London Salvage Corps, flanked by sons Herbert, on the left, and William, on the right.

The photograph - from the family archives - is believed to have been taken at the salvage corps station at Southwark Bridge Road, according to the Blyth's ancestors.

The salvage corps station - No. 3 - was located opposite the headquarters of the old Metropolitan Fire Brigade Station at Southwark and protected D District, which covered South London, according to Wikipedia.

TO READ MORE ON THE SALVAGE CORPS:

http://londonfirejournal.blogspot.com/2005/07/london-salvage-corps.html