The Royal Victoria Hospital and Military Cemetery at Netley

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The postcode for the park is Netley Abbey, Southampton, 

                                    SO31 5DQ

Please find time to look at a new website about Netley Abbey from my friend Brenda:


There is a lot of information on here about Netley village and the surrounding area as well as more about the hospital and it's inhabitants through the years.


and our facebook page:

Our new database has arrived!!! ?️‍♀️

Brenda and I have found all manners of bits and bobs relating to Netley Hospital in all sorts of places and joined them together to create a database about some of the folk who walked its corridors in its lifetime 1864 - 1978.

There's so much more than "Name, Rank and Serial Number" on our database.
Commandants, Officers, non-coms, doctors, medical students, surgeons on probation, civilians, family members of serving personnel, VADs, Masseurs, Chaplains - they are all "in formation" on Brenda's dining room table, "patient"ly waiting to be added.


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. 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.

Restoration News

The Foundation Stone is back!!

A time capsule will be buried under the foundation stone which will be placed as near to the original spot where Queen Victoria first saw it back in 1857.

HRH The Countess of Wessex

On the 12th November 2018 Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex formally opened the Royal Victoria Chapel.

Her Royal Highness signed a document which will go into the time capsule with some other items, then unveiled a plaque after a tour of the Chapel and a chat with the volunteers and staff.

A memorable day!!!




















Photograph taken in the officers mess in 1974 of all the stewardesses and the boss man affectionately known as the captain.


 Audrey Tucker posted this on our Netley Hospital Heritage facebook page. Do you recognize anyone???


From Tom Gourlay 


 He was RSM at RVH Netley in the late 60's. He was manager of the Corps football team when I played with them in the early 70's. He returned to RVH as a Capt in the mid-70's when he managed the RVH football team. He then retired and became manager at the officers mess. A great man who is sadly no longer with us.


Thank you.

An Ongoing Mystery!!


This postcard was found in the walls of Hatley Castle. After looking up the name Lena in the Red Cross archives, given the date, a possible match could be Lena Alice Lawrence.


Read more about this mystery here:

Do you have a nurse in your family that died in WWI or WWII? If so, why not tell her story to this website?

Caroline Barney posted this on Southampton and Hampshire over the Years facebook page on February 1st and has shared it with me for which I thank her very much.




She says:

This family photo belongs to my lifelong friend and she has given me permission to post it.

This is Priscilla Stanley a Gypsy lady done up in her posh hat selling flowers to a very smartly uniformed nurse at the hospital in late Victorian times.

Priscilla is my friends Great Great Grandmother and she was the only person allowed a Hawkers Licence to sell flowers at the hospital.

This photo is very important because some or most of the soldiers would not get visitors so either the hospital would pay for flowers or the patients would pay for them themselves.

Flowers were considered a great benefit to health back then too.

Do any of you football fans know that Bertie Mee was a physiotherapist at Netley hospital at the beginning of WW2?? Mee Bertie

Is there anyone that remembers the stables at Netley Hospital? It was behind the main building, over to the right where Bluebell wood is now. The Heritage group has one photo taken approx. WWI but would love to know more about it.


Here's an interesting post from Simon May about the drains in front of D Wing. Thank you Simon for letting me share from Hamble River & It's Villages Facebook Page.

Simon says: It connects op to an outfall next to the woodland in front of the D wing. We were up there a while ago and there is a pair of massive steel doors in the ground which open into a fairly deep chamber, ill guess a bout 40/50ft deep and they had an industrial pump pumping water out. I'm guessing it was a sewage holder which was emptied on an outgoing tide. Photo taken about 2009.

On Friday 18th November 2016, pupils from Wildern school who have been looking for the soldiers who fought at the Somme and are buried in Netley, laid a wreath in the cemetery after showing us what they had uncovered during their research. They have done a wonderful job in Remembering these soldiers. Well done to them and the team at RVCP.


Pictures from the Daily Echo.

I have just put some photos on the Netley Film Footage tab (on the left) taken in 1994 of the "Hampshire Remembers D-Day" event when Prince Philip paid us a visit. If you recognize anyone, please could you let me know.

Uncovering the Past

Here are photos showing the tiles from the swimming pool that used to be in the main hospital. Thanks to Paul Del-A-More. December 2016.

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.

St. Nicholas Church and New Zealand WII War Graves at Brockenhurst.

The Heritage group had a very enjoyable day out at Brockenhurst on Monday 14th August 2017. We visited the ancient Norman Parish Church of St.Nicholas where the New Zealand soldiers from WWI are remembered.

Historical Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site:
Due to its proximity to the port of Southampton, its railway connections and an abundance of large houses in the area, Brockenhurst was chosen in 1915 by the War Office to become a hospital centre. I...nitially, Lady Hardinge's Hospital (named after the wife of the Viceroy of India) for the Indian troops of the Lahore and Meerut Divisions was established south of the village. This was then replaced by No.1 New Zealand General Hospital in June 1916, after the Indian Divisions were replaced by ANZAC troops. The New Zealand Hospital remained at Brockenhurst until closed early in 1919.

The churchyard contains 106 graves of the First War, of which one hundred are in the New Zealand plot. In addition to the 93 New Zealand graves, there are also three Indian and three unidentified Belgian civilians (employed at the Sopley Forestry camp).

On the East side of the New Zealand plot is memorial incorporating a Cross.

If you are in the area, it is very much worth a visit. The church is open in the afternoon. You may also notice that this is the burial place for "Brusher Mills" the snake catcher of the New Forest.





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