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.
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 […]
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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.