The Royal Victoria Hospital and Military Cemetery at Netley

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The postcode for the park is Netley Abbey, Southampton, 

                                    SO31 5DQ


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.

Walks for 2018

Join Owen for a very informative walk around the Country Park, Military Cemetery or Butlocks Heath.

He will tell you lots of stories about the hospital, the people that are laid to rest in the cemetery and the local area of Butlocks Heath.


Park Walks:

Saturday March 3rd, 7th April, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th,.


Cemetery Walks:

Sunday March 4th, April 1st, May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd, October 7th.


Butlocks Heath Walks:

Sunday 15th April, May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, October 21st.


The walk will last approx 90 minutes and cover mainly flat, easy walking terrain. Meet outside the Park shop. Time: 10.30am Cost: £4 adult, £2 child (please pay on the day, cash only).


  • ContactRoyal Victoria Country Park
  • Phone023 8045 5157


Does Anyone Recognise 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.






















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.

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.


The Living Memory project remembers the "forgotten front" - the 300,000 war graves and commemorations right here in the UK.

Why not visit your local cemetery and research some of the soldiers that are buried there?


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.

On Friday 24th March 2017 we had a visit from some Canadian students from Ponoka Secondary Campus who were commemorating the grave of Pte. Edward Henry Brophy. Please click on the link here:

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.

Restoration News

Inside the chapel where the windows were boarded up for more than 30 years. Thanks to Paul De-La-More for the photo. 

Here is the latest news on the Park updates, click on the link:

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.


More on our facebook page:

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.

Lots more to see in the Netley Hospital Heritage group archive photos. See tab on the left hand side.

A Walk in the Park on 31st October 2016

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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