YOU are still recognising people in photographs from the Smitten City, the book of pictures taken by Evening News photographers of the blitz in Portsmouth and recently republished.
Mr ML Smout wrote to say that he could put a name to the man on the extreme left in this picture wearing the long coat and cap. He was a Mr Triggs, he says.
Mr Smout said: ‘I knew his wife Flora who lived to be 101.
‘They had a daughter, Dorothy, who lived in Torrington Road, North End, but I don’t know her married name.
‘Before going into sheltered accommodation, Mrs Triggs told me she had lived in Frogmore Road, Fratton, for 64 years. Her maiden name was Briggs.’
The photograph was taken in the aftermath of the huge raid on the city in January 1941 – the raid which destroyed the Guildhall.
This picture shows treasures which did survive – the priceless Corporation plate, including the Bodkin loving cup dating from 1525, and the mace presented to the mayor in 1658.
They were in the muniment which, being directly under the tower, escaped the worst of the heat from the building which burned for more than 48 hours.