Eddie finds another photo of Southsea Great Review

The photograph of the parade we published in March

The photograph of the parade we published in March

A Pompey forward heads the ball towards the Milton goal.  (Barry Cox collection)

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Back in March I asked if anyone could come up with a more specific date for this huge parade on Southsea Common.

Its original caption simply said ‘birthday parade’ and we assumed it was late Edwardian and the mustering of these thousands of men might have been to celebrate King George V’s birthday.

This view of the huge parade on Southsea Common comes courtesy of Mr Eddie Wallace and is dated 1913

This view of the huge parade on Southsea Common comes courtesy of Mr Eddie Wallace and is dated 1913

Now Eddie Wallace, from Milton, Portsmouth, has dug out this picture which confirms we were in the right era.

It could well be the same event for Eddie says that on the back in purple ink was written: ‘Old times revived – Great Review on Southsea Common.

‘The troop(s) paraded under the command of Major-General WE Blewig(?), CB, CMG (Commanding S’ern Coast Defences)

‘The parade was one of the largest ever witnessed. Nearly 5,000 troops on parade. the troops were inspected by Gen Sir HL Smith-Boneiv(?), GCB, DSO, ADC C-L Chief S’ern Command.’

The date on the back? August 9, 1913.

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