Does anyone recognise the children outside this pub?

Can you identify this Portsmouth pub?
Can you identify this Portsmouth pub?
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Gez Groom found this evocative photograph in a shoe box full of old pictures, which was saved from the bin by a fellow family tree researcher.

He wonders if readers can confirm the approximate date of the picture, the name and location of the pub which he thinks was in Portsmouth.

Gez said: ‘It seems to be very similar to a picture of the Abercrombie Arms near Unicorn Gate.

‘The name on the door with the letters missing is W R Rutledge who I believe is standing in the doorway. And what about the children, does anyone recognise them?’

He said the shoe box was passed to Gez because the Rutledges have links to the Grooms.

According to the website, Portsmouth’s Lost Pubs, the Abercrombie Arms was in long-gone Abercrombie Street, close to the Unicorn Gate entrance to the naval base.

It replaced a beerhouse of the same name and was built in 1911, as shown on its tiled façia.

Part of the Longs Brewery estate, the Abercrombie was the victim of a bombing raid in 1941. It was one of a number of pubs that could be found on this street, including the Lion and the Trafalgar.