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 contained ‘village’ with gardeners, carpenters, upholsterers, blacksmiths as well as those who undertook various duties caring for the hospital patients.
As with many villages, members of the staff and estate residents answered the call of the country. By the end of August 1916, over seventy staff had joined the military and naval service: some did not return.
A memorial to honour the employees and residents on the Knowle estate who lost their lives in the war was unveiled on 17th January 1920 by Major-General Sir J.H. Davidson, K.C.M.G., C.B., D.S.O., and M.P. for Fareham.
The monument is of a polished Balmoral red granite obelisk standing on a York stone base, with a moulded York stone cap and was mostly subscribed for by the staff of the hospital.
The following are the names of those who fell during the First World War:
|J.Andrews||Gunner R.G.A.||W.A.Molineux||Pte. K.R.R.C.|
|H. Bedford||Gunner R.M.A.||J.New||Sergt. Hants. Regt.|
|W.F.Crumplin||Pte. Hants. Regt.||E.E.Pharoah||Gunner R.G.A.|
|E.W.C.Day||Pte. R.M.L.I.||C.W.Waring||Pte. Ox & Bucks L.I.|
|J.Dobson||Sergt. Hants Regt.||A.C.Webb||Pte. Sussex Regt.|
|G.C.Edney||Lc-Corp, Sherwood Foresters||G.R.Winsor||Pt. Dorset Regt.|
|N.H.Edney||Pte. Inniskilling Fusiliers||T.W.Britton||Pte. Dragoon Guards|
Two further names were added after the Second World War.
|R.W. Clarke||Cpl. R.E.||H.W.C. Page||Ldg. Sto. R.N.|
Following the closure of the hospital in 1995, the memorial was moved to the churchyard of St Nicholas in nearby Wickham.
This move was a temporary arrangement to protect the memorial during the development of Knowle Village.
On 7th March 2007 the memorial was moved back to Knowle where it now sits in the garden next to the Chapel.
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.
HGS Conference Day – Rosalind McCutcheon – Fact Sheet
The factsheet from Ros McCutcheon’s excellent talk at our recent Conference Day can be accessed via the following Link: Irish-Poor-Handout-June-2019-Ros-McCutcheon (1)