The Royal Victoria Hospital & Military Cemetery Netley

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Hello, thank you for taking the time to look at my site.To give me an idea of who's been visiting me here, you can write in the guestbook.

The postcode for the park is Netley Abbey, Southampton, 

                                    SO31 5DQ

On the 28th March we remember 141 Pte. G. Taylor and on the 31st 24459 Gunner W. Manks   


This is a website dedicated to the soldiers and civilians that are buried in Netley Military Cemetery and also the history of the Royal Victoria Hospital in which most of them were treated but later, sadly died. I will be uploading more photos and information about this wonderful place soon. If you have any stories or information about anyone buried here, please get in touch and maybe I can add it to this website for everyone to read.


Many of the headstones are no longer readable which sadly, is the story of a lot of cemeteries. Families no longer have the time to visit or don't know the whereabouts of their departed relatives. If anyone has a query about the cemetery or the people laid to rest here, please ask me - I might be able to help. I have photo's of all the graves (I think!) and am hoping to research as many as I can for people who maybe cannot do it for themselves or live too far away. Also, I am hoping to transcribe the burial registers which will take a while - some of the handwriting is pretty hard to read. I feel that not enough is known about the people buried here and I hope to do my bit to change that. This is a really special place and it would be a good thing to have more known about it.

Please get in touch if you have any relatives buried here. I would like to make the information available to everyone. 


I hope you use my information for your research, but please double check just in case I have made a mistake -  please correct me if I get it wrong! Also, a link to my site or a credit for my research would be very much appreciated.


Does Anybody Remember These People??



Does anybody remember these people who worked in the YMCA during WWII?

I think one of them is Charlie who is in one of the postcards on my YMCA page.

The Commonwealth War Grave Commission have been rabbit proofing the fence around the perimeter of the cemetery for the last few months and now have planted roses again like there were some years ago. Lets hope that the wildlife leave them alone this time!


Fundraising for Netley Chapel


The Chapel needs some renovations and for that to happen means that a lot of fundraising has to start in earnest after Christmas.


Do you have any connections with the names on the Hound War Memorial in St. Mary The Virgin Church in Hound? If so, Paul Keast would like to hear from you. He is researching the names and anything related to the history of Netley Village. Please click on the link below.

150th Birthday Celebrations

Look who paid a visit to Netley to celebrate the 150th Birthday in 2013 of the opening of the Hospital!!




Take a look at some more photos of this very special day. Click on the 150th Birthday tab above on the left.


Had a great day out on Saturday 14th September 2013 at the Winchester Military Museums - I can highly recommend a visit. There are 5 museums within yards of each other with fantastic displays and interesting items to look at.



World War One

The Imperial War Museum is looking for help to find out more about 8 million people from WWI. They want photos and documents to put on their website so that anyone can find out more about the Lives of the First World War.


Take a look, maybe you have a photo tucked away somewhere or some letters telling the war story of your relatives.

Here is a new site:


Take a look and maybe contribute your stories from Hampshire in the Great War


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has set up a Virtual Cemetery to help schools and teachers who are studying WWI.


800,000 Red Poppies Pour Like Blood From The Tower Of    London

From the Huffington Post by Katherine Brooks  4th August 2014


In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the historic Tower of London has been transformed by a massive art installation.

Titled "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," the expansive piece brings 888,246 ceramic poppies to the property of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. Appearing like a blood-red moat around the castle, the poppies pay tribute to the Great War's fallen troops.

Crawford Butler, the longest serving Yeoman Warden at the Tower of London, poses with the first ceramic poppy to be 'planted' in the dry moat at Tower of London on July 17, 2014 in London, England.

Ray Lonsdale's sculpture of a British Tommy which is on Seaham seafront in County Durham. Pictures from Ceri Oakes. Mail Online.

The Poppy Sculpture outside of the Heritage Centre  which was unveiled on the 27th July 2014

This poem was sent to me by Ellis and Jacqui who I had the pleasure of meeting on the 27th July 2014 at the WWI Commemoration Day at Netley. They saw it at the Menin Gate a few years ago and made a copy of it. Thank you.




“The inquisitive mind of a child”.


Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?

Selling poppies in town today?

The poppies child, are flowers of love,

For the men who marched away.


But why have they chosen a poppy Mummy?

Why not a beautiful rose?

Because my child, men fought and died

In the fields where the poppy grows.


But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?

Why are the poppies so red?

Red is the colour of blood my child

The blood that our soldiers shed.


The heart of the poppy is black Mummy,

Why does it have to be black?

Black, my child, is the symbol of grief

For the men who never came back.


But why, Mummy, are you crying so?

Your tears are giving me pain.

My tears are my fears for you my child

For the world is forgetting again.


Author unknown.





A lovely photo of the poppy taken in February 2015 - from Hamble Interactive on facebook.

What's on at the Royal Victoria Country Park???

Can you spare a few hours a week or month????????

Get involved


  • Conservation Group

    Do you love the great outdoors, getting your hands dirty and a bit of physical activity?
    Would you like to combine this with a chance to meet like – minded people?
    If your answer is ‘Yes’, Why not come and join our conservation group.

    Guidance will be provided along with tools and refreshments.

    Contact us to let us know if you are coming along: Call Nicky on 023 8060 5102

    Friends of Royal Victoria Country Park

    We are a group of volunteers who help out in all sorts of ways on behalf of the local community that uses this beautiful space.

    Hampshire County Council owns and runs the Park but rely heavily on enthusiastic, local people to help out with much of the conservation work, events, routine maintenance, educational activities and patrolling etc.

    You can do it on your own or in organised groups making new friends and learning new skills! And don’t worry you can do as much or as little as you want, every little bit helps!

    As well as supporting the Park team we also organise our own projects and events to help raise money. We have a dedicated team of tower tour guides and exhibition stewards as well as a team organising regular second hand book sales, teas and cake stalls.

    We are also becoming increasingly involved with finding new sources of grant money for finding bigger projects to improve the Park’s amenities. In 2008 we secured £7,000 of lottery funding for our Pond Plaza project.

    Its not all hard work! You can join in with our social activities. As well as our annual summer BBQ and Christmas Party, we also meet up once a month for a ‘Friends’ meal at a local pub.

    As a member you will also receive quarterly newsletters with all the latest ‘Park’ and ‘Friends’ news.



The train at RVCP taken on the 13th December 2014



Have a look at these lovely illustrations by Tim Fox-Godden


Netley Film Footage

Just found this short documentary online narrated by Bruce Parker about Netley and surrounding areas. Take a look. It looks like it was filmed in the 1970's??



Netley Film from 1960


Geoff Claydon has kindly sent me this link to a film showing Netley in 1960. I am very grateful, thanks Geoff!!!




Here is a short film of Netley as it is today made by Highline Ariel Media shared on vimeo:


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Where and what is this building, any ideas please?

Video by Stuart Murphy made in 2007


These are short film clips made by Rich Cove. If you haven't been to netley, then this will show you what it's like, especially inside the Chapel.


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