Location of Portsmouth street party revealed '“Â Nostalgia
Last Thursday I published this photograph of a street party somewhere in PortsmouthÂ in 1945 and asked if anyone could tell me the location.
As ever I found someone who not only knewÂ the street but is in the picture. She is Sandra Luen-Price (nÃ©e Kimber) now of Petersfield. Considering rationing was in force, the tables areÂ laden with goodies, no doubt home-made. At the far end of the road isÂ George Street School.
Sandra says the party was in Carnarvon Road which the Kelly's Directory of the time says was in Buckland. Sandra believes one side of the street was inÂ Buckland, theÂ other inÂ Copnor. At the topÂ is New Road.
Sandra's family lived at 60 and her aunt, Rose Dinnage, atÂ 23. she's on the left holding the baby,Â her daughter Shirley. The child sitting fourth on the left ofÂ the table is Jacqueline, Sandra's sister. Next to her at fifth is Sandra aged four. On the right, the womanÂ in the white apron is another of Sandra's aunts, Louise Bulbeck. Four down from her the top-hatted man is Sandra's father, George. Louise Bulbeck's husband Frank died in 2017 aged 101. WhileÂ the photoÂ was taken Sandra's mother, Violet, was indoors giving birth to another daughter,Â Christine.
If anyone would like to make contact with Sandra she would love to hear from youÂ onÂ 01730 711347.
'¢ Gareth Derbyshire has asked me to remind you of a remembrance serviceÂ to HMS Royal OakÂ atÂ HMS Excellent, Whale Island, this SaturdayÂ at 11am. The battleship was sunk at anchor in Scapa Flow, Orkney, onÂ October 14, 1939, and 843 officers and men, including more thanÂ 100 boy seamen,Â were lost.Â
'¢Â Michael Vincent found this memorial plaque in a neighbour's garageÂ to Henry William Smith. HeÂ lived at 7, Barnes Road, Fratton, with his parents. AgedÂ 18 and just five weeks before the Armistice, Henry was killed at Loos on September 5, 1918.
He is commemorated at the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, with 20,606 othersÂ who died when taking a German strong pointÂ atÂ the Battle of Loos.Â At midday tomorrow MichaelÂ will be at the Portsmouth War Memorial alongside the Guildhall to lay flowers in memory of Henry who has no surviving relatives. He invites you toÂ join him.
'¢Â Tony Davis, of Baffins, ownsÂ the final picture, one of the homes of PortsmouthÂ councillorÂ Charles Brown.Tony says it was on the west of the A3 just past Gales brewery. Cllr Brown held an annual summerÂ party there for the children of Portsmouth. The house was called either Horndean or Bramdean House and it may now be under the new A3M. Is it still standing?