Portsmouth’s Police Court

Hero Scout L Mullaly receives his silver watch in Portsmouth's police court in 1918
Hero Scout L Mullaly receives his silver watch in Portsmouth's police court in 1918
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Boy Scout L Mullaly looks as though he’s in the dock at Portsmouth’s Police Court in 1918.

But this photograph by famous Southsea photographer Stephen Cribb was paying tribute to the lad’s life-saving heroism.

He was pictured receiving a silver watch in recognition of saving someone from drowning.

The award came from the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund. Cribb spent the First World War going around doing his patriotic duty and helping by supplying his photography for the war effort.

The picture comes from George Malcolmson who is studying the life of Cribb and collects his vast output of work.