Will memories be jogged by gym club photograph?

St John's College gym club members in the 1940s.
St John's College gym club members in the 1940s.
HM Submarine  P556  is berthed at (as it was then ) Fort Blockhouse. Wrens are pushing the torpedo. (Mike Nolan coll.)

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Brian Evill wonders if readers can jog his memory and come up with some names from these two pictures.

They feature his class at St John’s College, Southsea, in 1948 and the school’s gym club, also in the 1940s.

Brian Evill's class of 1948 at St John's College, Southsea.

Brian Evill's class of 1948 at St John's College, Southsea.

In the class photograph Brian, from Drayton, Portsmouth, is first on the left in the front row.

Some names he can recall are Elsmore, Amos, Linford, Dellow, Hyde, Young, Curtis, Flynn, Barber, Jones, and Trowen.

In the gym club snap the man in the middle with the whistle around his neck was the lads’ new instructor.

Brian said: ‘He was known by the name of Smiler Smith and was a former navy PTI. He replaced a Mr Gilmore who had been with the college for years.

‘The gym club covered many disciplines – gymnastics, boxing, fencing, swimming and training for athletics.’

Brian, one of those wearing white, is the first on the left in the front row.