Great War

The Great War

Yet another Pompey lad doing his bit

There has been much recently about the Portsmouth Pals and the local soldiers who fought in the First World War.

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Portsmouth WW1 cenotaph cleaned for Battle of the Somme memorial service

THE Battle of the Somme is one of the most infamous and devastating tragedy’s in history with families across Europe suffering heartache.

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Musician Richard Sharp with Marian Le May

Tambourine from Battle of Jutland finds a new home with the Royal Marines

A MILITARY tambourine used by a veteran who survived the Battle of Jutland has been returned to the Royal Marines.

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BREATHTAKING The magnificent memorial built at Thiepval on the Somme. It has the names of 72,246 missing British and South African names inscribed on its 16 brick piers.

They still hold the trench in which they were killed

Today commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in Picardy, France.

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Troops going over the top at the start of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 during a training exercise behind the lines

Another two months will see us back in dear old England...

Michael Davison found his father Harry’s captivating letters to his wife as the world commemorated the start of the First World War. They were in one of her drawers.

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A Portsmouth Grammar School class in 1914, the year the First World War started

Five Portsmouth Grammar School pupils killed at the Battle of Jutland

It is not known how many former pupils of Portsmouth Grammar School took part in the Battle of Jutland, but at least 13 were mentioned in Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s despatches.

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The Portsmouth Grammar School library where Francis Harvey debated the ethics of war. All pictures courtesy of Portsmouth Grammar School.

VC hero from Portsmouth sacrificed himself to save 1,000 shipmates at Jutland

As Portsmouth’s oldest school it comes as no surprise that former pupils of Portsmouth Grammar School have taken part in every major war and most major battles since its foundation, and the largest naval battle of the First World War – Jutland – is no exception.

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