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''' (1883 – 1947), born '''Kezia Beatrice Stockwell''', was an English (England) music hall singer (singing) born in Portsmouth. A pretty, waif-like presence, she was famous for singing "After the Ball is Over" among other songs. In 1935, she had a character part in the film ''City of Beautiful Nonsense (City of Beautiful Nonsense (1935 film))''. Early career Born at Portsmouth, the son of a vice admiral, Charles Hardy joined the Royal Navy as a volunteer in 1731. Charles Hardy at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Keyes: "I speak for the fighting Navy" Sir Roger Keyes (Roger John Brownlow Keyes, 1st Baron Keyes), Conservative Member of Parliament for a constituency in the naval town of Portsmouth, a naval hero of World War I and an Admiral of the Fleet (Admiral of the Fleet (Royal Navy)) no longer on the active list, spoke on the conduct of naval operations, particularly the abortive operations to retake Trondheim (Namsos campaign). Nicolson, p. 77. Harold Nicolson called it the most dramatic speech he had ever heard. In full uniform with six rows of medals, Keyes told the House I came to the House of Commons to-day in uniform for the first time because I wish to speak for some officers and men of the fighting, sea-going Navy who are very unhappy. I want to make it perfectly clear that it is not their fault that the German warships and transports which forced their way into Norwegian ports by treachery were not followed in and destroyed as they were at Narvik. It is not the fault of those for whom I speak that the enemy have been left in undisputable possession of vulnerable ports and aerodromes for nearly a month, have been given time to pour in reinforcements by sea and air, to land tanks, heavy artillery and mechanised transport, and have been given time to develop the air offensive which has had such a devastating effect on the morale of Whitehall. If they had been more courageously and offensively employed they might have done much to prevent these unhappy happenings and much to influence unfriendly neutrals. On 1 May 1937, Crutchley took command of HMS ''Warspite'' (HMS Warspite (1913)), which had been completely refitted in three years at Portsmouth. Due to acceptance trials ''Warspite'' was not present at the Coronation Fleet Review of King George VI. Additional engineering work on the steering gear (which still suffered from damage taken at Jutland) and other equipment resulted in weekend leaves for the crew being curtailed, leading to very low morale. Comments appeared in British newspapers, which culminated in an anonymous letter from a crew member. This provoked an inquiry by the Admiralty. The inquiry led to the removal of three of Crutchley's officers, including his executive officer. Crutchley disagreed with the findings of the Inquiry, and made sure that the confidential report on his executive officer would lead to a promotion to captain. thumb Langstone Windmill (Image:Langstone Windmill 1869.jpg), 1869thumb right A map of Langston and surrounding areas from 1945 (File:Langstone map 1945.jpg) '''Langstone''' is a village near Havant, Hampshire in the south east of England, between Portsmouth and Chichester. It has good railway connections to London, Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton, from the nearby Havant railway station. There are many large gated detached houses on the main road, "Langstone Road" and on the roads surrounding this. It has a sailing club, several architecturally (architecture) unusual buildings, and several historically significant buildings, including a converted (water) millhouse and a converted 18th century windmill, the latter of which is a local landmark. thumb Langstone Windmill (Image:Langstone Windmill 1869.jpg), 1869thumb right A map of Langston and surrounding areas from 1945 (File:Langstone map 1945.jpg) '''Langstone''' is a village near Havant, Hampshire in the south east of England, between Portsmouth and Chichester. It has good railway connections to London, Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton, from the nearby Havant railway station. There are many large gated detached houses on the main road, "Langstone Road" and on the roads surrounding this. It has a sailing club, several architecturally (architecture) unusual buildings, and several historically significant buildings, including a converted (water) millhouse and a converted 18th century windmill, the latter of which is a local landmark. There are spectacular views at night of the Fawley (Fawley, Hampshire) refinery (Fawley,_Hampshire#Fawley_oil_refinery_and_chemical_works) and Fawley Power Station lit up. On a clear day, the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth can be seen to the east, and the Hamble (River Hamble) estuary, to the north. Military career Gerhardt joined the South African Navy after his father successfully persuaded naval chief Hugo Biermann to take the troubled teenager under his wing to try to instill discipline in him; WikiPedia:Portsmouth Commons:Category:Portsmouth


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