On the night of January 10, 1941, one of the biggest air raids on Portsmouth brought devastation to the city.
One of the buildings destroyed was the Bishop’s House attached to the Roman Catholic cathedral in Edinburgh Road.
The bomb killed six of the residents sheltering in the cellar including two sisters Mary and Bridget Linnane. The girls came from County Clare in the Republic of Ireland.
These are the penultimate photographs from my newly-published book War-torn Portsmouth, Then, After and Now (Halsgrove £9.99).
May I suggest purchasing a copy for Father’s Day and if your dad lives miles away phone my publisher Halsgrove on 01823 653777 to purchase a copy. Mention my name and The News and they will send copies postage-free to anywhere in the UK. Otherwise, you can buy it from: Waterstones, Commercial Road; New 2 U, High Street, Cosham; Portsmouth Cathedral bookshop, and newsagents JG Riley, Locksway Road, Milton.