Not all men fought in the Second World War of course and many men from Portsmouth were sent away to do their bit in other ways.
Such were men from Portsmouth Royal Dockyard who were sent to Port Said and Alexandria, Egypt, to help repair ships in the port’s dockyards.
Every trade was sent out by boat and most did not return until the war had been over for several months.
Most had been away for years.
The long trip home by boat took them via Cape Town, South Africa, to Liverpool and then train to Portsmouth.
My late father Jack, who many mention when contacting me, was one of those men and you can see him here in this picture.
He was a born organiser forming cricket and football teams. He also played tennis with the Egyptian champion.
Does anyone know the other men in the photograph?