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PGS gifted military silverware from Hampshire Territorial Trust

School presented with military silverware steeped in Old Portmuthian history by the Hampshire Territorial Trust to be displayed and housed at PGS
Hampshire Territorial Trust Treasurer, Godfrey Doyle (OP 1948 - 1958) with the gifted silverware
Hampshire Territorial Trust Treasurer, Godfrey Doyle (OP 1948 - 1958) with the gifted silverware

Old Portmuthian and Treasurer of the Hampshire Territorial Trust, Godfrey Doyle (OP 1948 - 1958), has presented PGS with two pieces of silverware which were the property of the Hampshire Territorial Trust who assumed responsibility of the silverware from the 457 Regiment RA TA once it was disbanded.

Several Old Portmuthians commanded the regiment in its various titles during its history; one of the most prominent being Colonel R H Willis whose name is enshrined in the Willis Room.  He carried out a rigorous recruitment campaign with former pupils and staff which meant that in 1939 his battery located in St Paul's Road Southsea was up to great strength. This was possibly a direct result of the proximity of the St Paul's Road Drill Hall to PGS. The Trust also had had many links with 57 Regiment and Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers.

During the post war years until 1967, 457 Regiment was primarily officered by Old Portmuthians and PGS Staff. It is likely that the cups would have been awarded between the batteries for achievement and competitions for gunnery, turn out and other military skills.

In view of these connections the Hampshire Territorial Trust deemed it very appropriate to offer the silverware to PGS in the hope that the pieces can be displayed; especially as the Dupree family had strong connections with the school. We have accepted them into our archives and are honoured to be able to house and display such beautiful pieces steeped in school history.

 

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