Commonwealth War Graves Commission visits Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Duke of Kent Unveils Memorial Panels
The President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), HRH the Duke of Kent, unveiled the Commission’s latest set of visitor information panels in February 2013. The Portsmouth Naval Memorial and Southampton’s Hollybrook Cemetery both feature the new panels, which provide visitors with information about the memorials and their purpose.
Portsmouth First to have New Panels
The Portsmouth Naval Memorial is the first of its kind to receive the CWGC panels. The panels provide information such as details of ships lost at sea. Almost 25 000 sailors from World Wars I and II are remembered, most of whom died at sea. The panels also feature a QR (Quick Response) code; if you scan this with a smart phone, you can obtain more information, such as biographies of some of those remembered.
Naval Memorials feature Obelisk Design
The Portsmouth memorial is located on Southsea Common and was first erected after World War I. The obelisk design was chosen to serve as a mark for shipping, and Plymouth and Chatham Naval Memorials used the same design. Portsmouth’s memorial was extended to its present size after the second World War.
- A searchable database of the names inscribed on Portsmouth Naval Memorial is available at Memorials and Monuments of Portsmouth which includes a plan of the memorial, or visit the CWGC website.
- You can use the HGS Research Centre to explore your ancestors military history; we have a wealth of military resources and expertise to help you.
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.