Portsmouth lad died after being hit by cycle while sitting on kerb | Nostalgia

I like nothing better than writing about Portsmouth families from past times and these photographs from Alfred ‘Podge’ Major, of Copnor, say it all for me.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 12:39 pm
The Major family from Portsmouth. From left: Nora (mother), Ellen, John, Nellie. Front: Jimmy, Violet on lap, Millie. They lived at Marylebone Road, Southsea.

They are of a Portsmouth family who lived in Marylebone Street, Landport, before and during the Second World War .

The little boy front left was named Jimmy.

One day he was he was sitting on the kerb outside the house with his legs in the road when a man on a bicycle rode his bike into his legs.

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The Major family in later life. From left: Alfred (Podge), John, Dora, Millie, Nellie and Violet. Front: Sheila. Only Alfred and Sheila survive.

Crying in pain, little Jimmy was taken indoors by his father. H e had great trouble even standing and his father tried to get him to walk across the room, but to no avail.

He was taken to hospital but his injuri es were so severe, and without modern drugs, little Jimmy died from blood poisoning.

The family survived the bombing of the war and reached adulthood.

In the later photograph we see the family some 40 years ago. Only Alfred and Sheila survive.

One of the two surviving Major siblings, Alfred ‘Podge’ Major, aged 88.

Fourth from the left is Nellie, always called Nell. She suffered an ankle injury when a bomb landed close to her during the war and she carried the legacy of it for the rest of her life.

Death of ‘Buster’ Crabb diving expert I note with sadness the death of diving expert Dr John Bevan who wrote books about the disappearance of Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb. I first met John when he gave a talk about Crabb. Later we visited the Sally Port Hotel, Old Portsmouth, where Crabb spent his last evening, and his grave at Milton. His book Commander Crabb – What Really Happened? is a must-read. His funeral is at 11.30am on February 21 at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport.

Dr John Bevan.