Baby’s cot revealed as bomb rips house apart in Portsmouth

This house in Mulberry Avenue, Cosham, took a hit from the Luftwaffe
This house in Mulberry Avenue, Cosham, took a hit from the Luftwaffe
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

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This house in Mulberry Avenue, Cosham, took a glancing hit from a bomb in, I believe, November 1940.

Does anyone recognise the woman?

A marvellously atmospheric picture by David Salmon of a Maunsell-designed engine (31405) in a shed at Guildford pre-1966. Picture: Geoff Burch collection.

A marvellously atmospheric picture by David Salmon of a Maunsell-designed engine (31405) in a shed at Guildford pre-1966. Picture: Geoff Burch collection.

Many railwaymen across the wider Portsmouth area will remember David Salmon, especially those from the age of steam.

He left the railway early in his life because national service lost him his seniority. If he had served two years it would not have been a problem, but as he spent three years in the RAF, he had to restart his railway career at the bottom.

However, he never lost touch with the railway because he became a semi-professional photographer.

His subjects were wide but he specialised in the railways. There cannot have been many railway workers between Portsmouth and Waterloo who did not know him.

He died recently and was given a memorial service at St Saviour’s Church, Guildford, where he was once a choirboy. It attracted more than 100 people.

A slide show of his work was shown as part of the service followed by an exhibition of his work. It was co-organised by Geoff Burch who has inherited more than 6,000 of David’s archive pictures.