Southsea choirboys’ gowns made from blackout material

The class photograph from St John's College, Southsea, with young Denis Daley in the top row, third from the right
The class photograph from St John's College, Southsea, with young Denis Daley in the top row, third from the right
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We have featured several photographs recently of Sir Denis and Lady Margaret Daley, the much-loved lord mayor and lady mayoress of Portsmouth during the Second World War.

They prompted George Warren to send me all today’s pictures which relate to his time at St John’s College, Southsea.

St John's College, Southsea, choir, 1945

St John's College, Southsea, choir, 1945

George, of London Road, Horndean, says both their sons, Denis and Patrick, were ex-pupils and Denis became a classmate in January 1943.

George says: ‘Patrick joined the college in May of that year and I remember going home and proudly telling my family the lord mayor’s son was now sitting next to me in class. In the picture above, Denis is third from the right in the top row.

In the photo below it we see the school choir in 1945 with Patrick fourth from the left in the third row from the front. George is on the right hand end of the same row.

George adds: ‘Clothing was still very much on ration and I think all our parents made our gowns from blackout material which was not rationed. It certainly was used for many things besides the blackout.’

The 10 school prefects of 1950 from St John's College, Southsea.''From left: Bernard Crowe, Gerald Pellow, Michael Simmonds, Terry Pierce, George Warren, Fred Trowern, Rev Brother Augustine, James Dewey, Barnard Lane, Edwin Goodall, John May.

The 10 school prefects of 1950 from St John's College, Southsea.''From left: Bernard Crowe, Gerald Pellow, Michael Simmonds, Terry Pierce, George Warren, Fred Trowern, Rev Brother Augustine, James Dewey, Barnard Lane, Edwin Goodall, John May.

Sir Denis cut the first turf on the site of the new school gym in December 1949 and the couple presided over the annual sports days in May 1950.

Also in that year George was elected to be one of the 10 school prefects and Sir Denis and Lady Margaret were guests of honour at the Prefects’ Ball at the Royal Beach hotel, Southsea.

Lady Margaret Daley with George Warren behind her in April 2000. George was the guest of honour at the St John's College Past Pupils' Association annual dinner and Lady Margaret was his guest.

Lady Margaret Daley with George Warren behind her in April 2000. George was the guest of honour at the St John's College Past Pupils' Association annual dinner and Lady Margaret was his guest.

Were you among this sea of faces at the St John's College Prefects' Ball, 1950, at the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea?

Were you among this sea of faces at the St John's College Prefects' Ball, 1950, at the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea?