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Litherland war veteran and dedicated fireman dies aged 87

THE family of a war veteran have paid tribute to a “brave man” who worked with Liverpool Fire Brigade for more than 30 years.

Harry McGiveron, who died on New Year’s Day, aged 87, lived his whole life in Litherland after serving as a flight engineer on Lancaster Bombers during the Second World War.

After the war, he went on to become a dedicated fireman, working as a station officer at a number of stations, including Crosby, before seeing out his career as a Customs and Excise officer.

Harry’s son, Phil, 54, who now lives in Wiltshire, said his father was destined for his job in the Armed Services.

Phil said: “My grandad served in India his whole Army career and was a policeman during the blitz.

“Harry and his brother, Bill, used to run around putting out incendiary bombs during the Liverpool blitz.

“Just before he joined the RAF, he was going to the chip shop with Bill when an air raid occurred and a bomb landed nearby and blew them into the ditch.

“Somehow, their trousers got blown off in the blast but dad claimed they saved their chips and grandma gave them a roasting when they got home for losing their trousers.”

Following the war, which saw Harry serve in India, Egypt, Germany and Iraq, he joined the fire service in India, before returning home, where he met Joan, his wife of 63 years.

“Dad fought many fires when Liverpool was recovering from the war and he told us he was the last fireman to leave the Empress of Canada after it caught fire and sank in Gladstone Dock in 1953.”

Harry, who leaves behind five children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, will be remembered at a funeral mass at English Martyrs Church, Litherland, on Thursday, January 17, at 10am.

Phil added: “We all loved him and I know he suffered as a fireman when he had to deal with children who had been burnt, as he used to get very upset sometimes.

“He was a brave man and we are all proud of him.”

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