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.
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.