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.


My email address is:


We have a facebook page for our new group the Netley Hospital Heritage Group:

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.

The guided tour of the cemetery will take place on the following dates:

the 6th November.

Meet at 10.30am by the shop in the park. £4 per. person. The walk lasts approx. 90 minutes.


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.






















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???

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?

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.

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:

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, 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.

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



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








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