WATCH: Royal Navy veteran’s remembrance video

A Royal Navy veteran who started his service from Portsmouth is featured in a video that urges urge the nation to rethink remembrance.

GLAMOROUS Mary Aquilina, as she was then, being introduced by Pete Murray at the Centre Hotel

Pete Murray introduced me in Portsmouth hotel’s beauty contest

On Saturday The News launches a new nostalgia supplement called Retro.

Hillside School, Paulsgrove, with young pupils playing amid the builders' rubble. (Barry Cox collection)

Post-war housing crisis and a dire need for new Portsmouth school

Towards the end of the Second World War housing was in such short supply that Portsmouth City Council met in July 1944 to discuss the crisis.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Five things you might not know about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Here are five fascinating facts about Arthur Conan Doyle, the Southsea doctor who created Sherlock Holmes.

Naval officers and ratings, a Royal Marines bugler and civilians at the Nelson Monument last Friday celebrate the life of our national hero on Trafalgar Day. Picture:  Allan Smith

Prefabs sprout to create a new community for Portsmouth

Last Friday my colleague Bob Hind published a 1937 photograph of a remembrance service for Admiral Lord Nelson on the brow of Portsdown Hill on Trafalgar Day.

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The Aberfan disaster in October 1966 when a slag tip slipped and killed 116 children and 28 adults.
The roof of Pantglas Junior School stands like an island in a sea of mud and debris

A boy sailor’s memories of the Aberfan disaster

I know it is not a Portsmouth subject but I really could not let tomorrow, the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, pass without mention.

The Gaumont Cinema at Bradford Junction in 1962.
 Picture: Barry Cox

From Plaza to mosque – the cinema that led the way

Some of you may have purchased my recent publication War Torn Portsmouth –Then, After and Now which I am glad to say has been very successful.

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Highbury Buildings then and now (below)

The bomb that rolled up the stair carpet

Former News journalist Tim King lived throughout the Second World War on the Highbury Estate south of Cosham railway station.

A plan of Hilsea Gasworks railway sidings, below, while here is The Ruston loco Hilsea in a new coat of paint at Quainton

Gasworks loco restored

As many of you may remember, there was a large gasworks based at Hilsea on the down side of the railway line. It opened in 1905 and closed in 1986.

The Scotland side with Jimmy Stephen on the far right, standing.

‘The day I held back the Wizard of Dribble’

As we all know, standards of fair play in today’s world of professional football have a lot to answer for.

Lavant station on the Chichester to Midhurst branch line, about 1972

Rural branch line was kept open for sugar beet trains

The branch line from Chichester to Midhurst lost its passenger service on July 6, 1935.

ALL ABOARD A photo that would be impossible to take today  the Guildhall from Greetham Street.   Picture: Barry Cox

Trolleybus ride into heart of a throbbing Portsmouth

Above is a view it would be impossible to photograph today because of the demolition and seismic redevelopment of the centre of Portsmouth that occurred in the early 1970s.

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Charlie Hurdle

On today’s menu: a rare photo of legendary Portsmouth pub landlord

One of Remember When’s most avid readers and contributors is Portsmouth popular music historian Mick Cooper.

Foudroyant in dry dock in Portsmouth

With her bottom scraped, Foudroyant has years ahead

Iam not sure how old this photograph is but as can just about be seen, it is the Foudroyant on the stocks in dry dock in Portsmouth dockyard.

OOPS! Two cars about to be overcome by the tide on the slipway at The Hard, Portsea, in 1970. The new approach road from The Hard to the Harbour station is at the top

Send us your memories of October 1970 and beyond

What were you doing 46 years ago?

Recycling slogans overprinted on stamps and postmark 1940.

Saving slogans

These days we are encouraged to recycle and save everything that is recoverable.

In tramway days looking north and The George has been built in the cutting caused by lowering of the summit. Picture: Harry Taylor.

Hill decapitated for horsepower

I have been looking for something that depicts this scene for a long time and at last I’ve found one... in The News archive.


Depot ship that looked just like a liner

Not every ship built for the Royal Navy before the Second World War was a fighting ship. Here we have what looks like a liner and perhaps had the comfort of one, but is in fact a submarine depot ship.

Three-badge AB Harry Tisson, who died of wounds seven months after HMS Foxglove was attacked off the Isle of Wight.

Harry died seven months after 
ship was attacked

Last week I asked if anyone knew of several men who died, but who were not named after HMS Foxglove was attacked east of the Isle of Wight on July 9, 1940. Well I think we have found one of them.

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