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We have a facebook page for our new group the Netley Hospital Heritage Group:
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 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.
The Walks are back for 2017.
Park Walk - Saturday 5th August, 2nd September, 7th October. Time: 10.30am outside the shop. (90 mins approx.)
Cemetery Walk - Sunday 6th August, 3rd September, 1st October. Time: 10.30am outside the shop. (90 mins approx.)
Butlocks Heath Walk - Sunday 20th August, 17th September, 15th October. Time: 10.15am outside the shop.
Join the Friends of Royal Victoria Park on a guided walk around the Butlocks Heath and learn some of the fascinating history of this beautiful village. A 2.5hr (approx) walk over mainly flat walking terrain.
Price for all walks: £4/adult, £2/child - Please pay on the day. Telephone: 023 8045 5157
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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/7972481502/permalink/10153534264191503/
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.
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.http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14915351.PHOTOS__Forgotten_heroes_of_the_Somme_remembered/#
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: https://cms03.website-start.de/app/704322030/925504848/
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.
Raise The Roof Campaign
Please help us raise reach our target of £30,000+ which we have committed to raise in support of the conservation and restoration of the Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park. The Chapel is all that is left of the former Royal Victoria Military Hospital, which was was completed in 1863 and treated the wounded and dying from both Britain and across the former British Empire as well as those from "enemy" countries
Many 1,000's and 1,000's were treated at the hospital across many wars, including World War 1 and 2. The American Army took over the hospital for a short period during WW2 and for this time it became an American Military Hospital. The site also has a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.
We have a Raise the Roof campaign. You can buy a slate for £5 or 5 for £20.00. If you can't make it to our Raise the Roof open days at the park (22/23/29/30 July 2017), please give a donation via this page. We will take a photo of the slate and write any message or name you want on the slate and send you a photo. We expect these slates to stay on the roof for the next 100 years!
Please copy and paste the link below for further details. Thank you so much.
Inside the chapel where the windows were boarded up for more than 30 years. Thanks to Paul De-La-More for the photo. Have a look at his blog about the project here: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-service/country-parks/rvcp/rvcp-improvements.
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: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1172070979536376&id=747572011986277&comment_id=1172105136199627&reply_comment_id=1172125932864214¬if_t=feed_comment¬if_id=1481837890318464
If you are looking for a lost medal or have one that you are trying to find the owner of, please look here:
Do you know when Britain had it's first Poppy Day???