The Royal Victoria Hospital & Military Cemetery Netley
The RVH Netley WWI Calendar 2016 is on sale now in the park shop for the cost of £5. All profits will go to the restoration of the Chapel. If you would like one posted to you, please email me
It will make a wonderful Christmas present - get yours while stocks last!!
The postcode for the park is Netley Abbey, Southampton,
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
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!
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.
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,
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.
A POEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
“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.
A lovely photo of the poppy taken in February 2015 - from Hamble Interactive on facebook.
Lots more to see in the Netley Hospital Heritage group archive photos. See tab on the left hand side.
The train at RVCP taken on the 13th December 2014
Netley Film Footage
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.