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A memorial to staff of Handley's of Southsea who lost their lives in the First World War has been donated to Portsmouth museum service by Debenhams for display at City Museum.

Handley's of Southsea opened in 1869 on the corner of Palmerston Road and Osborne Road, but was completely destroyed in bombing during World War II. After the war, Handley’s was rebuilt on the same site and opened in 1955 with the memorial on display. 

The memorial was donated to Portsmouth City Council's museum service from the Debenhams store where it's been on display.

Made by Lewin of Southsea the memorial to employees from George Handley's store it's an important part of the story of life in Portsmouth during the wars. 

Cllr Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Development at Portsmouth City Council said: "This memorial is significant because it is the only private business war memorial in the city that we know of.  The museum service is pleased to have it amongst the collection of objects that tell the story of the city and its people; this one captures how a department store remembered its staff."

 

Text from the memorial:  

THE
GREAT WAR
STAFF OF MESSRS. HANDLEYS LTD
WHO JOINED THE COLORS
 
IN PROUD AND
GRATEFUL MEMORY
 

NAME
BARKER.C.
CARTWRIGHT.R.
CARPENTER.N.C.
DENNING.J.
EMINGTON.F.
GODWIN.P.E.
JEROME.C.
LIPSCOMBE
MARSHALL.J.
PACE.H.C.
PARKIN.A.
PENFOLD.C.
TOLLERFIELD.D.
TOMLINSON.H.
WHALEY.F.

DEPT
CABINETS
DISPATCH
SOFT FURNISH.
MANCHESTER
GENTS
GENTS
PRINTER
GENTS
BUYER
GENTS
DISPATCH
FACTORY
DISPATCH
GENTS
GENTS

RANK
LIEUT
MINESWEEPER
PRIVATE
CAPT
LIEUT
LIEUT
PRIVATE
PRIVATE
PRIVATE
PRIVATE
PRIVATE
SAPPER
PRIVATE
PRIVATE
GUNNER

SERVICE
6th WEST KENT
R.N.
R.A.M.C.
1st.LINCOLN
HON.ART.COMPY
6th JATS INDIAN
HANTS
HANTS
GLOUS
R.G.A.
HANTS.RG.A.
HANTS.R.E.
HANTS
LDN.RIF.BRI.
WESSEX R.F.A.


THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

 

Further Information
 
Tollerfield D. was probably Charles E. Tollerfield of 96 Talbot Road, Southsea
 
Richard Cartwright lived at 22 Broad Street.
 
Charles Jerome was at 7 Smith's View.
 
Howard Clement Pace trained as an outfitter whilst living in Horsham.
 
Frederick Whaley was from Hitchin and stayed at the hostel at Portland House run by Handley's for employees
 
Emington F. should be Frederick Arthur Eminton (without the 'g'), who also stayed at the hostel.
 
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have no trace of Carpenter N.C.