Devastation after huge air raid

The remains of the Royal Hospital, Commercial Road, Portsmouth, on January 11, 1941
The remains of the Royal Hospital, Commercial Road, Portsmouth, on January 11, 1941
HMS Illustrious leaves Portsmouth for the last time
Picture: Shaun Roster

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The recent picture of Kate Bryant standing outside Portsmouth’s bombed Royal Hospital on April 26, 1941, prompted Eddie Wallace to dig out this photograph.

It was taken on January 11 that year – the day after the city’s most devastating air raid.

Eddie reminds us that several male nurses, a special constable and a doctor were killed.