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Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855

This account of an explosion in a Portsmouth dockyard police station in 1855 should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of mixing gas with a naked flame.

Who was Sweet Fanny Adams?

The phrase ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ is still used today, but where did it originate? The story of the brutal murder of 8 year old Fanny from Alton is told here by a descendant of one of Fanny’s cousins.

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

After the Napoleonic wars many suffered hardship that often resulted in lawbreaking and people being taken to court. William ATRELL and John CHAMBERLAIN were two such cases reported in the Hampshire Telegraph in 1817.

Useful Family Tree Information from Portsea Will

Family trees can benefit greatly from genealogical information contained in wills.

This Portsea Will of John BIGGNALL written on 8 February 1684 is a good example, with the large number of names and relationships of the beneficiaries he included.

Solent Tragedy of Gosport Men 1810

An 1810 Hampshire newspaper carried an appeal for information by the wives of two Gosport men who drowned in a Solent tragedy. Who were these men?

Italian Immigrants in 1861 Hampshire

Could your Italian ancestors be among the immigrant musicians and entertainers residing in C19th Portsmouth? Use National Archive records to trace them.

Early Cremation of a Portsmouth Man 1900

In 1900 the body of a Portsmouth man was taken to Woking by train to be cremated in the first crematorium in the country.

Memories of World War Two Southampton

Childhood Memories of World War Two Southampton, Thornhill, Romsey, daytime dogfights and sleeping in a Morrison Shelter.

Destitute Woman Transported by Portsmouth Court – 1810

This destitute Portsmouth woman stole and sold a coat and was punished with seven years transportation.

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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. 


Bigamy in 1820

The Hampshire Chronicle printed on 5th June 1820 carried a brief article on page 4 referring to three prisoners who had been committed to the County Gaol.  One of the prisoners had been accused of bigamy but whereas most bigamists were men this was a woman.


Kingston Cemetery CD

KINGSTON CEMETERY CD   HGS are very pleased to announce that a new CD is now available to buy for Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth.  The CD costs £10.00 and is available from our Research Centre in Cosham.  It can be purchased in person, by post, through the sales section of our website or through our Bookstall.


RIP Gunner William Talmage

RIP Gunner William Talmage William TALMAGE was born in 1884 in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and married Ellen Maria KNIGHT in Medstead in 1910.  They had a butcher’s business in West Horsley, Surrey, but when the First World War started William was one of the many who volunteered and joined the Army.


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