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Details needed to honour Portsmouth men who fought in WW2

  • Watch Richard Jones' report below

The pictures and details of Portsmouth men who died during D-Day are wanted for plaques to honour them in the city.

Information is needed on 119 local men who died during the invasion of Normandy 75 years ago.

The idea is to put up the memorial plaques along the streets where they lived.

Bobby died two days before his 17th birthday
  • Bobby's story

One of them was Bobby Johns who enlisted at 14-years-old after lying about his true age.

Bobby landed with the 6th Airborne Division in the early hours of D Day.

By then, his parents had appealed to the government to find him.

Bobby died two days before his 17th birthday.

Bobby's picture will now be going on a plaque which will be placed in Jervis Road in Portsmouth where the family once lived.

The plaque will be put up in the street where Bobby and his family lived

Every family has a story to tell and they will all be different. For me, my own uncle, went to fight when he didn't have to and I think it's important we remember him and the brave young men who died. They should never be forgotten."

– Jenny Ward, Bobby's Niece