Names put to faces in Home Guard picture thanks to readers

Recognise any faces? No 8 Platoon (workshops) Hilsea Depot Home Guard

Recognise any faces? No 8 Platoon (workshops) Hilsea Depot Home Guard

Navy Week 1937

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Many thanks to readers who were able to identify some of the men in this picture, first published at the end of last month.

It showed men in No 8 Platoon (workshops) of the Hilsea Depot Home Guard in Portsmouth.

David Gardner immediately identified his grandfather William Gardner, the officer in the middle of the front row with baton and gloves.

David said: ‘He joined the army in the early 1900s and was gassed in France during the First World War.

‘Shortly afterwards he joined the Hilsea Depot where he worked until the mid 1950s.’

David said his grandfather was born and lived in Portsea for most of his life and spent his latter years in Newcomen Road, Stamshaw. He died in 1958.

The picture was sent to me by Bob Adderley, from Southsea, who had been sent it by Eve Twyman. She had discovered in the postcard collection of her late husband, a founder of the Margate Historic Society in Kent.

Bob was contacted by Bob Prior from Horndean, who worked at the depot and recognised George Waterman (fourth from the right in the back row) and Stan Briggs (fifth from the left in the middle row).

Let me know if you can put names to any more faces.

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