All aboard to rejoice – the day the guns fell silent

Some members of Jim Lyness's family in Portsmouth Harbour the day the First World War ended
Some members of Jim Lyness's family in Portsmouth Harbour the day the First World War ended
HMS Victory, left of centre, with the French Redoutable, far left, and Neptune, centre, receiving a broadside from Nelsons flagship.

Disabled but HMS Victory fights on with a Trafalgar broadside

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How many of your family photos reflect a great day in history? There are certainly many marking VE Day, coronation or royal silver/diamond jubilees.

But the picture here is, I believe, a rarity.

It comes from Jim Lyness’s family collection and was taken in Portsmouth Harbour.

The reason for the flag-waving? It was taken on November 11, 1918, the day the First World War ended.

And Jim believes it was snapped by an unknown photographer about 11am – the moment the guns fell silent at the conclusion of ‘the war to end all wars’.

Jim, of Grove Road, Lee-on-the-Solent, knows it was 
taken just off Gosport, close to the Camper & Nicholson yard.

He says: ‘The girl in the bow holding the flag is my maternal grandma – then Ada Taylor.

‘The gent wearing the grey suit with his hand in his pocket is my step great-granddad (to be) William Hussey.

‘The little dark-haired girl (by William’s pocketed hand) is my great aunt Eva Dorey (my maternal granddad’s sister).

‘On this day, none of them knew they were to be related by marriage in years to come.’

William Hussey later became Ada’s stepfather after her father died; Eva eventually became her sister-in-law when Ada married Arthur Dorey, Jim’s maternal grandfather.

He adds: ‘I have often wondered who the others are on this boat, and what type of boat was it? Maybe a waterman’s?