Arise Sir Denis – knighted for his work in smitten Portsmouth

Mr Denis Daly and his family leave for Buckingham Palace. He would return Sir Denis Daly.
Mr Denis Daly and his family leave for Buckingham Palace. He would return Sir Denis Daly.
Signal box - The bleak and isolated siting of the Idsworth signal box illustrates the loneliness of the signalman's lot

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What a difference a day makes.

On July 7, 1941, he was plain Mr Denis Daly, the lord mayor of Portsmouth.

Later the same day and  Denis and Margaret have become Sir Denis and Lady Daly after his knighthood on July 8, 1941.

Later the same day and Denis and Margaret have become Sir Denis and Lady Daly after his knighthood on July 8, 1941.

The following day he was Sir Denis.

The wartime work he and his wife Margaret carried out as the city’s first citizens in the early years of the Second World War have never been forgotten.

Their care and concern for everyone made him hugely popular as a councillor and lord mayor.

Lady Margaret supported him all along the way and was at his side on most civic engagements.

The picture on the right was taken on July 8, 1941, as Councillor Daly left home in Portsmouth with his wife and three children for the station and an exciting day out at Buckinghm Palace.

He was to return home that evening as Sir Denis.