From playful scallywags to disciplined young men

Portsdown Boys' School, Cosham, 1937
Portsdown Boys' School, Cosham, 1937
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Two pictures today from the collection of Patsy Page who has relatives in each of them.

Above is a photo of sporting lads from Portsdown Boys’ School, Cosham, taken in 1937.

Three pictures from the Beneficial School, Portsea, taken, it is believed, between 1909 and 1929 PPP-150801-120355001

Three pictures from the Beneficial School, Portsea, taken, it is believed, between 1909 and 1929 PPP-150801-120355001

Her dad, Maurie Kean, is in the front row third from the left and her uncle, Alan Mack, is in the back row, second from the right.

The other picture gives endless pleasure.

The children have obviously been told to look at the camera, but there are no fixed grins nor regimented folding of arms.

There is a different expression on every child’s face, each full of character.

I bet they were a right bunch of scallywags to try to control.

Patsy believes this photo was taken at the Beneficial School and dates to about 1929 and somewhere among the crowd of children is her father.

The school, on the corner of Kent Road and Curzon Howe Road, Portsea, was established in 1755 as a free school for boys.

Girls were admitted after it was enlarged in 1836.