New life goes on display in front of the air raid shelter

Freda Bailey and her children Michael and four-month-old Patrick in their back garden at Horsea Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, in 1941.
Freda Bailey and her children Michael and four-month-old Patrick in their back garden at Horsea Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, in 1941.
Passchendaele. Picture: Imperial War Museum

Pompey Pals will lay wreath at Guildhall Square for Passchendaele dead

0
Have your say

Everybody must have a series of pictures taken in their back garden during their childhood, if their family was lucky enough to have one.

Today I’m using two which were sent to me recently. They are not connected, but both capture the spirit of the times.

On the right is a scene which will be familiar to many of you who lived through the Second World War.

It was taken in 1941 at Horsea Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, and in the chair is Freda Bailey who is holding her four-month-old baby, Patrick.

Alongside and looking none-too-happy about his brother’s arrival, is three-year-old Michael.

Thanks to Michael, of Northwood Road, Hilsea, for sending me the photograph. He points out the mound behind the family which concealed their air raid shelter.

Notice too the blast tape on the windows to protect them from shattered glass should bombs fall nearby.

The photo below (left) of two scamps on their trikes comes from Richard Tull, of Rowan Road, Denvilles, Havant.

It too looks as though it might have been taken during the Second World War, but he does not say.

However, we do know it was taken in the back garden of a cottage at Warblington Terrace, Emsworth Road, Havant, which is now the Bernard Powell House block of flats.

Richard is on the left and his outrider is Eddie Houghton.