The photographs accompanying this article all feature relatives of 81-year-old Peter Long, of Cosham. Each cross tells of a family member who gave their life in the two world wars.
Some Portsmouth families went through both conflicts without loss while others lost several members like Peter’s.
Charles James Green went down with HMS Black Prince at the Battle of Jutland on May 31, 1916. Aged 35, he would have been Peter’s grandfather and lived at 13, Constitution Square, Landport.
He was married to Lily Frances and he not only left a widow but three beautiful daughters.
Henry William Long was originally from Lake, Isle of Wight, and lived with his mother at 44b, Bognor Road, Chichester.
He was serving with the army in Egypt when he was killed in action on September 19, 1918.
Losing two members of the family in the First World War they went on to lose two more in the second.
Cyril Charles Lynton Cornelius was the youngest engine room artificer to pass out in the navy at that time. On June 8, 1940, he was serving in the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious.
She was being escorted by two destroyers, Acasta and Ardent, when they came across the German pocket battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.
The three British ships took a pounding from Scharnhorst and they were all sunk. The loss of life was 1,519 British sailors including 29-year-old Cyril. He had lived at Horndean with his wife Elizabeth Dulcie May.
Herbert Edward Long was Peter’s father. He was one of the casualties in HMS ‘Pepperpot’ Penelope although not after her action on the Malta convoys where she acquired the nickname.
On October 7, 1943, after assisting with the allied landing at Salerno, Italy, Penelope was making her way past Rhodes when she was attacked by 18 Ju87 Stuka dive bombers suffering some damage and loss of life.
Herbert, 39, was among the dead. He lived with his wife Lily Frances at Horndean.