THE grandson of a long-serving Alresford fireman, Harry Godsell, presented his brass helmet, silver long service medals and silver cigarette box on long term loan to Alresford Museum.

Grandson Roger Cox said: “The family are proud to present Harry’s artefacts to the Alresford Museum in memory of my grandfather’s long public service to Alresford community”.

Harry Godsell, an excellent engineer had worked for Hankin’s Garage in West Street Alresford for many years, died on November 6 1953. Hankin’s is now the Co-op supermarket.

Harry had been a member of the Alresford Fire Service for nearly 40 years, holding several awards for long and faithful service.

In his younger days he had served in the Winchester Force, and during the First World War served with Yeomanry and later transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

Robin Atkins, chairman of the town trust, welcomed the artefacts to the museum at the former fire station at the bottom of Broad Street and hoped that this might encourage other residents to follow suit with other local artefacts being presented to the museum.

The museum was opened earlier year and is currently only open on certain days. The trust is always looking for more volunteers to help with staffing the museum.