The county of Hampshire is rich in military army history and the city of Winchester has brought together, on one site, five military museums, that capture the history of five regiments that are closely connected to Hampshire.
The five museums are:
- The Regimental Museum of the King’s Royal Hussars
- The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum
- The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
- The Gurkha Museum
- The Adjutant – General’s Corps Museum
What do they have to help the family historian?
- Archivists who will conduct a search on your behalf. Even where they might be limited information about an individual they will still provide contextual information to help with your research.
- Photographs, many have been sent for inclusion in the Hampshire Archive in Winchester and so it is worth making a visit there
- Contextual history, some war diaries and maps
HGS World War I Project
The HGS are launching a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and remember those who fought. It is hoped that people will share biographies and stories of their ancestors, that can be read and shared with others. Those remembered do not have to have come from Hampshire, we welcome all rememberances. We are also hoping to share photographs, particularly of groups of service personel, maybe we can shed more light on who they were or where the photo was taken?
Maybe you have an interesting item of ephemera, a letter or postcard to share?
HGS Research Centre
The HGS hold an extensive collection of resources that can help your family history research into your military ancestors. Many of our researchers have a military background and welcome enquiries. Go to our research enquiry form to find out more.
Old Alresford village booklet now available
Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]
Knowle War Memorial
Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]
Free Data in the Members’ Area
For some time HGS has had the intention of making some of its large collection of Family History data available to members in the Members’ Area of our website. With the development of our website we have now been able to begin this process and the first set to be introduced is of various ‘small churchyards’ […]
RIP Private Herbert Frank French
Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]
Can you help
We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for.