Pte. George RAFFERTY
Mr Bert LEWIS
Taken outside the hospital entrance: Sergeants Mess RVH Netley 1951.
Sgt. Weir, S/I Stringer, Sgt. Ball, Sgt. Taylor, Sgt. Strect, Sgt. Dawkins, Sgt. Cornish, Sgt. Brown, Sgt. Hasletine, Sgt. Hurlock, Sgt. Tutton, Sgt. Rogers, Sgt. Davidson, Sgt. Jesty M.M., Sgt. Galvin, Sgt. Saint, Sgt. Baker, Sgt. Smith, Sgt. Mars, Sgt. Howard, Sgt. Treadwell, Sgt. Seely, Sgt. Morgan, S/Sgt. Mousley, S/Sgt. Edwa...rds, S/Sgt Thompson, S/Sgt Hayes S/Sgt Morris, WOII Whilly, S/Sgt Stephenson, Sgt. Miller, S/Sgt Swift, Sgt Nicol, S/Sgt Brayshaw, Sgt. Pyle, S/Sgt Robinson, Sgt Snellgrow, S/Sgt. Hutchinson, WOII Mullins CSMI Herridge, QMS Tizzard, QMS Grayley, QMS. E. Allen, RSM.W.G. Bowen, Col. J.W. Hyatt, RMS.B. Hayes, Capt. C. Crow. RMS. Hood, WOI Craven, WOII Taylor, WOII Mackeeg, WOII Scates, WOII Willshire
From the Netley Hospital Heritage Group archive.
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Royal Victoria Hospital
A group of pensioners, former serving men of our British Army were pictured here in 1955 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley.
They had been talking to the gentlemen in the middle who was 'General Bernard Pagent' (1887-1961).
The General who always seemed to have had time for his men, commanded the 21st army group during WW2 as their most senior officer.
The General like some of the pensioners also served at the front in WW1 and was one of only two officers to survive in his Battalion during the Battle of Loos where we lost 48,367 men in the first attack and were to lose far more.
The Battle of Loos was a bloody battle of which Rawlinson wrote to the Kings adviser Baron Stamfordham the following:
"From what I can ascertain, some of the divisions did actually reach the enemy's trenches, for their bodies can now be seen on the barbed wire."
'General Bernard Pagent' (1887-1961) seen here was a holder of the Military Cross, he was wounded five times whilst serving.
At Netley they together remembered their fallen comrades.
We remember the General and all our serving men and women this Remembrance Sunday.
God bless one and all.