Sailors on parade in Portsmouth for the post-war prime minister

John Goldsmith being inspected by prime minister Clement Atlee in Portsmouth and, below, during his army days
John Goldsmith being inspected by prime minister Clement Atlee in Portsmouth and, below, during his army days

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John Goldsmith is the ninth sailor from the right, virtually opposite prime minister Clement Attlee, in the picture above taken at the naval barracks in Portsmouth some time between 1949 and 1951.

John was doing his two-year National Service stint and then signed up for another couple of years.

John Goldsmith in his army days PPP-151201-165425001

John Goldsmith in his army days PPP-151201-165425001

Brought up in Norfolk, John was a trainee solicitor in Lincolnshire, when he was called up.

He met wife-to-bet Ellen at the Savoy, Southsea, and then made Portsmouth his home for the next 64 years.

Later he served in the Army Reserve Maritime Unit and became a qualified engineer helping keep its boats working, one of the few to serve in the navy and army.

He was a bus driver and an inspector with Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department until the early 1980s.

Ellen was Warden of the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth’s Coronation Cottages at Hilsea where they both still live. They’ve been married for 62 years, have two daughters, two grandsons and one grand-daughter who have all been brought up in Portsmouth.