In Loving Memory Of
Charles Henry ABBOTT (late Quarter Master Sgt. 7th Dragoon Guards)
The dearly loved husband of Maude Mary Abbott who died September 6th 1905
Aged 41 years
Peace let him rest, God knows best
In the Boer War Charles was in the 7th(Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards and he was awarded the Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Belfast, Diamond Hill
His service no was 3175
Burial no 1420 Church of England
20213 Driver D ACKRILL died 24th November 1900. No headstone.
Peace Perfect Peace
In Loving Memory of Violet Adams who died December 8th 1914
Aged 82 years
Gone but not forgotten
In the 1871 census Violet, James Elizabeth and James Henry were living at 22 Netley Road. Husband James was a private in the Army Hospital Corps. Violet was born in the West Indies.
Violet was living at the hospital with her husband James and daughters Elizabeth Jane and Sarah Ann and sons James and William Edward according to the 1881 census. Elisabeth was born in South America, James in Chatham and Sarah and William were born in Canterbury. James is a 2nd Corporal in the AMC.
1901 and 1911 census’ has the family living at 56 Victoria Rd – James is a gardener and a painter after leaving the hospital. He was born in Scotland.
Burial record no. 320 Presbyterian
This lovely photo of Violet Adams and the one below of William Edward and wife Kitty was sent to me by Violet's great grandaughter Erica. She writes...
Violet Adams is pictured standing outside 56(?) Victoria Road, Netley. She had a very interesting life. She was born in Barbados in 1834/5 (the time of the abolition of slavery) when her father
William Duff was stationed there. He was in the 25th Regiment of Foot (The King's Own Scottish Borderers). She must have been in the Cape of Good Hope when her brother was born there in 1842. She
married a Thomas Pryce, also a soldier,in 1856 and was in India (I've been told) around the time of the Mutiny. She was wet nurse there to the colonel's baby. Her son David was born in 1859 on a ship
returning from Malta - the Hibernia - and was christened David Hibernia. Her daughter Elizabeth was born in the Falklands in 1864.
Thomas Pryce died in 1865 and Violet subsequently married my great-grandfather James Adams in 1867. They had three children together, James (1869), William (1874) and my grandmother Sarah in 1876. James was in the Army Medical Corps (he was previously in the 26th Regiment of Foot [The Cameronians -Scottish Rifles]) and worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley until his discharge in 1885.
I don't know much more about William Adams than is already on your site. Since he appears to have some kind of brain injury and worked with horses, I wonder if he'd been kicked in the head.
I don't suppose you can help, but I half expected my great-grandfather to be
buried near his wife. However, he was a Chelsea Pensioner in residence at the
Royal Hospital, Chelsea and was still alive in 1922. Possibly he's buried there
but I can find no record. **
The search for ancestors is certainly a fascinating one - it's taken me to
Edinburgh where I discovered James Adams' grandfather was an Italian fencing
master from Parma and led to my being reunited with James Adams Junior's
granddaughter and great-granddaughter! It's always exciting to make new
discoveries so I thank you once again for that.
Thank you Erica for sending the lastest photo. Violet and family lived in the house that is on the right hand side of the little garage towards the end of Victoria Road.
** After looking at the burial records again, I think that James was returned to Netley after he died and was buried there. The record reads:
James Adams from the Royal Hospital Chelsea was buried February 23rd 1929 age 91 years.
Peace Perfect Peace
Sacred to the memory of
My dearly beloved husband
William Edward ADAMS
Late Staff Farrier Sgt. R.F.A. and dearly beloved son of
James and Violet Adams of Netley
Who fell asleep in Jesus
August 12th 1904 aged 30 years
This stone is erected by his sorrowing widow Katie
William Edward Adams (son of Violet and James Adams) joined the Royal Artillery on 29th May 1888 at Hilsea aged 14years 9 months. His number was 67407.
He was passed to be a shoeing smith in 1894 and passed his veterinary course in 1895.
He was posted to India in October 1895 to December 1896 and South Africa from November 1899 to June 1900.
He married Kate Grimes on July 15th 1900 in Battersea and was posted to South Africa from January 1901 to March 1901.He was discharged due to being “insane” on 31st March 1903.
He died on 12th March 1904 from “Softening of the brain”
Burial Record no 273 Presbyterian (Mother is buried in the cemetery and has headstone)
67815 Driver A. AKHURST R.F.A. died 20th June 1900. No headstone.
3118 Pte. Samuel ALLISON died 28th May 1900. No headstone.
801 Pte. A.H. ARNOLD died 20th February 1901. No headstone.
(7261514) Denis James ATKINSON (R.A.M.C.) who fell asleep on
July 25th 1934 age 26 years.
In the 1911 census, Denis James was 2 years old and living with parents Wilfred Webster Atkinson and Rosalin Eliza Atkinson and brother Wilfred Guy, sister Edith Margaret and servant Florence Elsie Williams. Denis was born in Southampton. His father was a chemist and druggist and they lived at 147 Above Bar Southampton – a shop possibly??
Burial no.2154 Church of England
The first person to be buried here according to the Church of England burial register was GEORGINA ATTWOOD aged 23. She died on the 26th May 1864 of "abcesses". She was a school mistress and daughter of WILLIAM ATTWOOD who was a Staff Sergeant at the hospital. William and his wife MARY are also buried in the cemetery separately. On Georgina's headstone is a memorial to CAROLINE, her sister who died in childbirth whilst on her way home from China in 1863.
The 1851 census has William age 42 born in St. Albans, Mary age 43 born in Ireland, Georgiana age 11 born in Ireland, Elizabeth age 8 born in Gibraltar and grandaughter Georgiana McMullen born in Gibraltar. The family are living in Gillingham Kent.
The 1861 census has William age 50 born in St. Albans, Mary age 56 born in Ireland, Georgina age 21 born in Ireland and William McMullin age 6, grandson born in Barbados. The family are living in the military depot at St. Marys Barracks in Gillingham Kent.
30 Trooper Gerald Bayard AYLEN Rhodesia Regiment died 18th January 1901. No headstone.
Gerald was born in London in 1871 to William and Elizabeth.
I was contacted in January 2015 by Nigel Bailey who was trying to locate where his Great Grandfather John was buried. I found his burial in the register and Nigel told me what he knew about him.
John was born in 1854 in Clerkenwell, London. He was a clerk before he joined the army in 1876. For the next few years he served in Egypt and South Africa and then when he returned home in 1891, he was stationed at Aldershot, Devonport, Woolwich, Portsmouth and finally Netley.
He married Maria Meak in 1881.
John was riding his bicycle which went out of control at the bottom of Portsdown hill and colided with a brewer's drey. He sadly died at 1.30pm on the 1st July 1895.
Thank you Nigel.
Burial no. 1014 Church of England
3526 E.BAKER died 9th May 1901. No headstone.
Sgt. H. BALL (no headstone)
In Loving Memory of
Gwladys BELL V.A.D. Hereford 16 died at Netley 15th October 1918 R.I.P.
On the 1911 census, there is a Gwladys Bell age 30, single living with sister Elsie Bell, also single.
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 15690; Schedule Number: 38.
Burial no 1978 Church of England
There is a death notice in The Times dated the 18th October 1918 that reads “BELL – On the 15th Oct., at Netley, B.R.C.S. Hospital, Gwladys (Hereford 16 detachment), of influenza and pneumonia, fifth daughter of late Mr and Mrs W.P. Bell”. Her death was registered in the fourth quarter 1918 in the South Stoneham (Hampshire) registration district. She is shown as aged 36. YMP6 under “Auxiliary Hospitals” as G. Bell.
My thanks to Jim Strawbridge for his information about Gwladys.
In Ever Loving Memory of
Late L/Sgt. R.A. who passed away May 1st 1934
Burial record no. 2158 Church of England
Burial record is written: no. 403 Constable Berry F. W.D. Police
Message from guestbook
Thank you for an interesting site. My son and family have recently moved to Netley and we are about
to make a visit, to meet our new grandson for the first time. My Father has always spoken of his Father, Frank Berry, who is buried there, and thanks to you we have seen a photo of his grave and we
hope to visit it next week. He was in the RA, served in India and was about to return to England when the first war broke out. He then was sent to "Mesopotamia", was a muleteer, we believe had
something to do with Lawrence's campaigns and returned to the UK. On leaving the army he became a military policeman, based in Bramley. He died from the combined effects of recurrent malaria and
pneumonia. This he developed after giving his coat to an injured football player. My father believes that heavy smoking contributed to his death, but also he thinks that he may have had TB, as he can
remember the doctor saying that "We can't put that on the death certificate, otherwise these boys (my Father and uncle) will never get a job." My Father was 12 at the time. It will be, thanks to you,
that a fifth generation family member will be able to visit the grave - well done and thank you for your hard work.
Kind regards, Anne Crook
William Jesse BETTERTON was born in 1875 in Dewchurch Herefordshire. He died in 1899 in Netley Hospital from injuries sustained at the Indian Frontier and is buried in the cemetery. He has no headstone.
I found William whilst browsing Ancestry.co.uk and there is a family tree relating to him compiled by David. Thank you for letting me use this information.
Burial record states he is no. 4974 W Betterton of the 2nd Oxford Light Infantry.
Burial no. 1149 Church of England
There is a grave for Annette Eileen BIRD which is on the Children's Burial tab
John BLAKEY age 41 years buried 8th July 1864. No headstone.
Died March 14th 1903
Theodor was born in Germany and was a retired Chemist who had worked in Netley Hospital. In 1901 census he was aged 65 and unmarried.
Burial no 1347 Church of England
Theodore Heinrich Gustav BORCHERT age 84 years was buried on 18th March 1903. He was the ex secretary to the Army Medical School.
7599 Pte. James BRENNAN Died 10th January 1902 age 19. Burial no. 698 R.C. He has no headstone but is remembered on the Lees cemetery Boer War memorial. http://www.mlfhs.org.uk/data/war_memorials_images.php?memorial=40
According to the Netley Military Cemetery microfiche which contains details of the memorial inscriptions on the headstones which were recorded in 1998 by Hampshire Genealogical Society, there was a plaque attached to a tree upon which was written:
Rests Here Beloved By All
I have done some research and found out that there was a Stephen William G. Brogden who was born in 1898 in Ipswich and lived in Netley Hospital with his mother and siblings from a young age. He is in the 1901 census living at the hospital with his father William who was a soldier in the RAMC and his mother Florence and siblings Florence and John.
He is still there aged 13 in the 1911 census. He is with his mother Florence and siblings Florence, John, Ernest and George.
I am not sure if he stayed in the area, but maybe didn’t go
too far away.
By chance I was at the cemetery on the 6th October 2014 and met some people who were looking at a big fir tree and it turns out that they were searching for the plaque in question. They were able to show me where it was hidden amongst the branches. Thank you so much.
William BROOKS buried 4th July 1864. No headstone.
749 Lce. Cpl. Josh BROOKS was buried 30th March 1869. No headstone. He was working on the mail train. Grave no. 135 C of E.
William Robert BRUCE O.B.E.
see Burials with Medals and Awards Tab
In Loving Memory of Our Brother
Gunner 88th? Field Battery
Who Died At Netley (after serving in the South African War)
On January 8th 1901 aged 31 Years
“Now The Labourer’s
Task is O’er
Now The Battle Day is
According to his Attestation Paper, Frederick (42880) was 15
years and 5 months old when he signed up on 27th May 1884 in Surrey.
His occupation was “musician” He was 4 feet 10 and a half inches and had blue eyes and fair hair.
His military history – Home 27th May 1884-25th Feb. 1889
India 26th Feb 1889-23rd March 1898
Home (invalid) 24th March 1898-20th Jan. 1900
South Africa 21st Jan. 1900-8th Jan 1901
He died at Netley of Paralysis
His brother was William? Brunt a Bandmaster
Burial no. 1222 Church of England
In Loving Memory Of
Late Medical Service Corps
Who died 8th October 1889 aged 42 years
"In the Midst Of Life, We Are In Death"
Erected by his sorrowing widow
May He Rest In Peace.
1881 census has Michael and wife Jane (Hoare?) living at the hospital. Pte. Michael was born in Ireland and Jane was born in Kent.
1891 census has Jane, a widow working at Netley Hospital as a matron in the female hospital.
1911 census has Jane an army pensioner (retired matron) age 63 living with neice Jane Files at 3 Garfield Terrace Netley Abbey.
Burial no 518 Roman Catholic for Michael
Burial no 1543 Church of England for Jane
In Loving Memory of
Mil. Families Hospital
Died 17th April 1912
Aged 67 Years Years
Erected by her nephews and nieces
In the 1891 census, Jane is 42 and a widower. She is a matron in the female hospital. She was born in Guildford and her husband was possibly Michael Burke.
Burial no. 1543 Church of England
Sacred to the Memory of
3979 Sgt. Charles CALTHORPE
2nd Royal Berkshire Regt. who departed this life
8th February 1902 aged 29 years
This stone is erected by his loving and sorrowful widow.
There is a Charles Gordon Calthorpe Militiaman born in Colchester in the 1891 census. He is at the District depot Suffolk Regiment Bury St. Edmunds.
3979 Serjeant C. Calthorpe, 2nd Battalion Berkshire Regiment, was wounded at Wakkerstroom, 24 April 1900. He was invalided to England on 12 August 1901. With copied roll extracts showing entitlement to the clasp ‘South Africa 1901’; also with original medal forwarding letter and envelope (both damaged) addressed to ‘Mrs M. Calthorpe, Penwortham Hall, Preston, Lancs.’, dated 22 December 1902, which indicated that Serjeant Calthorpe had died.
From Dix Noonan Webb Medals Auction archive
Burial no 683 Roman Catholic
Sacred To The Memory Of
Private G.H. CHIVERS Medical Staff Corps
who was accidently drowned in Southampton Water on April 16th 1898 aged 27 years
George was entitled to the silver Sudan Medal, 1896, with clasp inscribed with “Hafir”
Also another silver Sudan medal was sent to his mother in 1903 after his death
Burial no. 1095 Church of England
In Loving Memory Of Daniel M. (Moss) CHRISTOPHER
(1419) Sgt. Major 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade
Died on 19th September 1888 aged 33
Thy Will Be Done
Possible parents are Richard and Margaret Christopher from Glamorgan in Wales. Possible marriage to Jessie D. White in 1883 in London
Burial no 839 Church of England
812 Pte. Richard CHURCHER aged 37 died on 5th May 1879 at 8.38am in Ward 22 with Bronchitis. Burial record 531 Church of England. No headstone.
Pathological Report no.1.