Frederick Gurr

During the Second World War, Frederick Gurr, a postman close to retirement, set up the GPO Rescue and Salvage Squad to rescue mail, money and supplies from Post Offices and letterboxes bombed in the City of London. He was concerned that the ordinary salvage squads didn’t recognise the importance of the mail. His own squad would rescue not only valuables from bombed out Post Offices but also supplies and the mail itself, ensuring it wasn’t delayed more than 48 hours due to enemy action.

For his services Gurr was awarded the British Empire Medal by King George VI.