Keeping it in the Portsmouth family

Ernest Enoch Sutton wearing the same design of uniform a century ago as worn by sailors today.

Ernest Enoch Sutton wearing the same design of uniform a century ago as worn by sailors today.

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The uniforms of the British military seems to change every 10 years or so but I am glad to say the Royal Navy has kept the No1 uniform as ever it was.

The man seen here in a photograph taken in 1920 that recently came to light is wearing the same uniform as I did nearly 50 years ago and is still basically the same today.

What made this photograph hard for me was that I also found his naval records. He joined HMS Ganges, Ipswich, in 1907, aged 15, just a year after the establishment was opened.

If I had known he had marched on the same parade ground and slept in the same brick-built messes as I had done at the same age almost 50 years later, I am sure it would have made my time spent there just a little easier.

Why? Because this lad was my maternal grandfather, Ernest Enoch Sutton, who later lived in Diamond Street, Southsea, with my grandmother Ruth.

I can just about remember him although he died when I was five.

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