Who are they saluting?

Looking south on Ports Creeek bridge we see a party of sailors giving the eyes right salute. But to whom?
Looking south on Ports Creeek bridge we see a party of sailors giving the eyes right salute. But to whom?
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This photo, sent in by Paul Anderson, was taken in June/July 1941 and he would like to know more about it.

Well Paul, I have looked through every edition of the Portsmouth Evening News from May to August of that year and can find nothing to explain what it is all about. Perhaps it was never used in the paper.

I can tell you that it shows a sailor on the left giving a general salute with his .303 rifle and the party of four with, perhaps, a leading hand with the swagger stick under his left arm in charge.

I think that if the photographer had stood back there might be an officer to the left just out of shot. I also think it might be the changing of the guard on the bridge.

In the background can be seen what was the Bastion cafe.

Behind the leading hand can be seen a lamp standard painted with white rings for better sighting in the blackout.

If anyone else can offer an opinion, please do let me know.