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.
Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office
Home Guard Names in the Hampshire Record Office Did anyone in your family serve in the Home Guard during WWII? They may be included in the number of members in the Hampshire Home Guard who have been mentioned in the HRO catalogue and either appear in documents and photographs.
Discord in Marriage
Interesting little snippets from some of the old newspapers include brief advertisements where husbands have declared that they will not be responsible for their wife’s debts. One item from James LINDSAY appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle printed on 4th September 1820. He said that he would not be answerable for any debts incurred by his […]
HGS on Radio Solent
On Friday 1st February, Radio Solent broadcasted their Sasha Twining Show from the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Along with two other experts, HGS Chairman and Ringwood Group member Paul Pinhorne, along with Pat and George Hilbert, also from the Ringwood Group were there to help people with their family history research. Many interesting questions […]
Winchfield village booklet now available
Winchfield, (VB101) is located midway between Farnborough and Basingstoke with the A30 forming part of the northern parish boundary. The B3016 crosses the parish from south to north. The Basingstoke Canal forms part of the southern border, the London to Southampton railway crosses the parish and recently the M3 follows the same route. There is […]
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 […]