Boxer’s daughter comes forward to recall the past

Ernest Evelegh is at the right end wearing cap and blazer

Ernest Evelegh is at the right end wearing cap and blazer

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The recent Remember When feature about boxing in Portsmouth in the early decades of the 20th century spurred Karen Eveleigh to dig out these family pictures.

They show her grandfather and father, Harry and Ernest Eveleigh, in action at the old Radical Club, which Karen says was in Queen Street, Portsea.

Ernest Eveleigh in training at the Radical Club in 1938

Ernest Eveleigh in training at the Radical Club in 1938

Ernest was 18 when his picture was taken in 1938 and he appears again in the much more recent shot taken outside the D-Day Museum, Southsea.

Ernest is on the right hand end of the front row, wearing a cap and blazer.

The occasion was a reunion of the 57th Wessex anti-aircraft battery which manned the gun on Southsea Common during the Second World War.

Karen, of St George’s Square, Portsea, said: ‘My father grew up at 44 Bishop Street, Portsea.

‘The family was bombed out of there in 1941 and moved to Fitzherbert Street, Landport.’

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