Southsea Citadel Band is still going strong today

140212 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The Salvation Army band from the Southsea Citadel about 1910
140212 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The Salvation Army band from the Southsea Citadel about 1910
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We’re indebted to Trevor Martin and a number of former and current members of the Southsea Citadel Band of the Salvation Army for their help with this picture.

Mick Cooper picked it up on eBay and sent it to Remember When.

It was taken about 1910 and he wondered if readers could put names to faces and I wanted to know if anyone recognised the location.

Trevor and his colleagues put their heads together and have done a marvellous job, although the information comes with the usual caveat, so there might be the occasional mistake.

The bandmaster (centre of the front row with the baton) is JE Smith, who led the band from 1903 to 1916. He was a coal merchant at Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, and became the second lord mayor of the city in 1928 and 1929.

And, Trevor tells me with great delight, the photograph was taken in Mr Smith’s garden in Orchard Road, Southsea.

On Mr Smith’s right (as you look at the picture) is Harry Ford who succeeded Mr Smith as bandmaster in 1916 until 1938.

And so, to the rest of the band: front row: far right, with tuba, Adolphus Thomas; far left, Band Colour Sergeant, ‘Curly’ Morgan; fourth from right, with tuba, Mr Strong; third from left with tuba, Mr Griffiths.

Second row from front, standing far right with euphonium, George Mortimer, son of the band’s founder, also George Mortimer; second from left, Sid Ventham with trombone, Bandmaster from 1938 to 1945; fifth from right with baritone, Ros Davidson.

Third row from front, far left, Tom Smith, with cornet, later Alderman Smith; fifth from left (directly in front of flag) with tenor horn, Cecil ‘Nobby’ Copus, of Copus Waste Materials, Portsmouth; fourth from right with tenor horn, Will Palmer; second from right is possibly George Blackman who had a grocers shop in Talbot Road, Southsea; second from left with cornet left, Bill Cove.

Back row, to the right of the man with the flag, Melville Burton.

Southsea Citadel Band celebrates its 130th anniversary next year.

It is still active, performing concerts, open air evangelism on the roads of Southsea every Sunday morning and at the beach gospel meetings on the seafront during the summer.

The band takes part in two Sunday worship meetings each week in the church in Albert Road and on Good Friday will be found, along with the Southsea Citadel Songsters, in Palmerston Road precinct.

It plays a large part in the Southsea Citadel Corps’ carol service at the Kings Theatre in December, called Carols At The Kings.

In April this year it will travel to the Salvation Army Conference Centre at Sunbury Court, London, to present an evening concert at the Adult Music School.