Sonny Boy

Ernest (Sonny Boy) Ferrell, former Southdown bus driver

Ernest (Sonny Boy) Ferrell, former Southdown bus driver

Alan Sanger and his cousin Audrey (with their backs to the camera) are in the centre of this historic blitz picture taken at Fratton.

Bomb site boy is revealed, 76 years after blitz on Portsmouth

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To complement the Commercial Road photograph, here we see former Southdown bus driver Ernest Arthur Ferrell.

Ernest was always known as Sonny Boy by his colleagues. He worked out of the former Hilsea garage and his daughter tells me that he would be shocked to see the state of the garage today.

Ernest started out as a conductor in 1927 and when war broke out he became a driver. In his later life he took to coach driving. During the war his wife also worked for Southdown as a clippie.

Ernest was also secretary of the Small Bore Rifle Section and ran many social functions.

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