‘Mind how you go’ – PC’s help for school on the hill

Bert Bishop was on hand to help these children cross Southwick Hill Road, Cosham
Bert Bishop was on hand to help these children cross Southwick Hill Road, Cosham
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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A week ago I published a picture from late in the Second World War of a policeman ushering a crowd of children across Southwick Hill Road, Cosham.

The youngsters were on their way home for lunch at Wymering from Cottage Homes School.

The photograph came from Beryl Searley, of Boston Road, Wymering. She starred in the photo and wondered if relatives of some of the others might get in touch.

None so far, but proud Lucy Triggs (née Bishop) dropped into The News’s Fareham office clutching the picture on the right.

It’s remarkably similar to the original, but the children are different.

However, one person is the same – the police officer.

For he is Lucy’s father, Bert Bishop.

Lucy, of Carlton Road, Portchester, says: ‘He was a War Reserve officer stationed at Cosham police station inWindsor Road from 1940 until 1945.’

It would appear that an Evening News photographer was passing as the children were crossing the road on Portsdown Hill and he grabbed at least a couple of shots with a willing PC Bishop co-operating.

On the back of the picture was a price list for readers wishing to buy a picture from the paper: two shillings (10p) for an 8.5in x 6.5in and 1s 3d (7p) for a 6.5in x 4.75in print.