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My father was stationed at the above throughout the war. We lived as a family in Clovelley Road, Milton, Portsmouth, during this time. I was eight years old in 1940 and vividly remember the blitz and many boyhood adventures during the war years on and around Langstone harbour, also goings on in the Eastney barracks where my father was involved in the training of the "Cockleshell Heroes".
My brother and I were able to fish of Eastney beach, which was totally out of bounds to the public for the duration. The sea was seething with fish, because no commercial fishing was allowed. As soon as we cast we had a fish.
In about an half hour of fishing we would catch about twenty prime specimens. Needless to say, we were very popular with our neighbors.
We were lucky to survive the bombing, many arround us didn't.
The atmosphere and the boyish adventures of those war years led us to joining the Merchant navy in 1946 and serve for forty years.
In due course, when I get to grips with this site, I would like to recount more details of our life during those days, especially relating to D-DAY.
In the meantime, anyone who can remember
Colin and Brian Wright from Portsmouth, who both became ships Captains, please get in touch.

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Eastney Barracks-Portsmouth

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