War memorial for transport employees killed is on display in Portsmouth’s Guildhall

A MEMORIAL to mark the lives of tramways and transport department employees killed in the First and Second World Wars is on display in Portsmouth’s Guildhall. 

Honoured are the 28 Portsmouth Corporation Tramways employees who died in the First World War, and nine City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department employees who lost their lives in the Second World War.

From left, Lee Willis from the Guildhall, James Daly from Portsmouth City Council's museums service, Nick Coles from the Guildhall, 'and Tim Gower from the museums service - all installed the memorial in its new position

From left, Lee Willis from the Guildhall, James Daly from Portsmouth City Council's museums service, Nick Coles from the Guildhall, 'and Tim Gower from the museums service - all installed the memorial in its new position

The memorial was previously at the Red and Blue Sports and Social Club – Portsmouth City Council’s transport workers’ social club – in Gamble Road.

Portsmouth City Council’s museums service rescued it from the club days before the building was due to be demolished.

Councillor Steve Pitt, cabinet member for culture leisure and sport, said: ‘We are pleased that it has been possible to save this memorial and to have it on public display again in time with the centenary commemorations.’

The top half of the memorial commemorates men killed in the First World War and was displayed in the Lest we Forget First World War exhibition at Portsmouth Museum in 2014.