Details from the Portsmouth blitz keep emerging – 70 years on

''Pat' Brown's dustcart in the aftermath of the Blue Anchor bombing
''Pat' Brown's dustcart in the aftermath of the Blue Anchor bombing

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In one form or another the book charting the blitz in Portsmouth, Smitten City, has been around for 70 years.

You think every story behind the pictures in the book, published by The News, of a devastated city must have been told, yet still they come.

The mass funeral after the bombing of Old Portsmouth

The mass funeral after the bombing of Old Portsmouth

Trevor Brown, of Eastern Road, Baffins, got in touch about the picture on the right – one of the most widely-used in the book.

It shows the damage done to the Blue Anchor Hotel at Kingston Cross in the first air raid on the city on July 11, 1940.

Trevor draws our attention to the dustcart in the background, which I had not noticed before. It ‘belonged’ to his father, ‘Pat’ Brown, who was in a reserved occupation with the city council during the war.

He also has information about the picture on the facing page, taken in Fifth Street, Fratton.

Mrs Kitchener on the far right, in the remains of Fifth Street, Fratton

Mrs Kitchener on the far right, in the remains of Fifth Street, Fratton

Trevor says: ‘The lady with her hands on her hips wearing the white blouse [extreme right] is a Mrs Kitchener, the mother of one of my late friends, Alfie Kitchener, whose dad was killed in the air raid shelter in Old Portsmouth and is buried in the mass grave depicted elsewhere in the book.’