Christ Church on Portsdown Hill has a Commonwealth War Graves military cemetery at the rear.
The cemetery contains about two hundred graves that are listed on the Christ Church Portsdown website.
The church is of particular interest to family and local historians alike. In WWII, Hampshire played an important role in the preparation and operation of the D-Day Landings on the 6th June 1944, and the church at Portsdown played its own unique role.
On the 4th June 1944, the Headquarters staff of the British Second Army met at Christ Church on the eve of battle “to dedicate to Almighty God the task which lay before them”. The Commander of the Second Army, General Sir Miles Dempsey, organised the service along with the then vicar, the Reverend RB Gillman.
The beautiful church windows commemorate the event, the D-Day landings themselves, and about thirty regiments.
Beverley Babes turn 80!
Beverley Babes – Who are the ‘Beverley Babes’? At the start of the Second World War, the Portsmouth based Royal Naval and Royal Marine Maternity Home moved to Beverley House, Southwick Road, Wickham. Beverley House was to remain in operation as a naval maternity home until mid-1946. The babies born at Beverley House are affectionately […]
HGS Fair Oak Open Evening
Would you like to trace your family history but don’t know where to start? Have you started your research but hit a brick wall and don’t know where to look next? The HGS Fair Oak Group is holding an Open Evening at the St Thomas’ Church Hall, Fair Oak on Tuesday 8th October from 7:30pm […]
Headley village booklet now available
Headley, (VB104) is a large parish reduced in size by the creation of Grayshott in 1901, the creation of Whitehill civil parish in 1929 and the creation of Bordon ecclesiastical parish in 2002. Headley is 4 miles north of Liphook and 8 miles south of Farnham
Protestant Dissenters Burials Grounds
There is an interesting insight into the use of separate burial grounds for dissenters written onto the first page of the burial register for the Christchurch Independent Church that is in reference RG4/399.
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019 Our third conference day was held on 15th June and was attended by 150 delegates. In the luxury of the Fair Oak Suite of the Macdonald Hotel and Spa, Botley, everyone took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.