Memories of Ern

Do you recognise Ern Taylor in this picture from the 1930s?
Do you recognise Ern Taylor in this picture from the 1930s?
A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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It’s a long shot, but Joyce Taylor wonders if anyone can recognise her late husband Ern in this photograph.

She thinks he’s the tallest uniformed man standing in the doorway of the Regent cinema in North End, Portsmouth.

Joyce, of Crofton Close, Purbrook, says Ern worked there from 1936 until 1939 when he was called up having joined the Territorials in 1938 aged 18. When the war ended in 1945 he rejoined the Regent.

She adds: ‘I met him there in 1946 when I was an usherette and he was a foreman. We married on January 1, 1949, and we were five months short of our diamond wedding when he died in 2008.’

Joyce believes the man in the suit standing in front of the lorry masquerading as a tank was the cinema manager John Court.

Although All Quiet On The Western Front, a realistic and harrowing account of warfare in the First World War was made in 1930, it was re-released in 1939.

That version contained anti-Nazi announcements read out throughout the film, but its aim was to remind people of the horrors of wars in a time of international unrest.