Tea time at Hilsea

Above, Flo Thatcher and Edie Harrington with the chef, and below, a happy group of soldiers around the tea van.
Above, Flo Thatcher and Edie Harrington with the chef, and below, a happy group of soldiers around the tea van.
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These two photographs were sent to me by Tony Thatcher who says they were taken at Hilsea, Portsmouth, during the Second World War.

The two women in front of the YMCA tea van were Flo Thatcher, Tony’s grandmother on the left, and Edie Harrington.

A smiling group of soldiers some possibly PoWs. PPP-140714-122124001

A smiling group of soldiers some possibly PoWs. PPP-140714-122124001

The van was taken to various camps in the area during the conflict to sell tea and cakes to soldiers and prisoners of war.

It might be in the American base at Hilsea because it was contributed by the Illinois Committee.

Tony was smuggled into one of the camps when he was about nine.

During his visits the Italian PoWs made him a wooden scooter. ‘The best scooter in the area,’ Tony reckons.

Does anyone recognise any of this happy breed?