Hello, I would like to hear your comments and views. Please get in touch especially if you have any memories or stories to tell about the Hospital or relatives that are buried in the Cemetery. I would be glad to forward photos of graves to family members too.


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  • Dean Hollands (Tuesday, January 02 18 04:42 pm GMT)

    Great site, excellent job of keeping the history, memories and achievemnets of those who passed through the Royal Victoria Hospital, and those who sadly came to rest at Netly cemetry.

    Great Job
    Thank you.

    Dean Hollands, Local Historian and battlefield guide.

  • Shaun Atkin (Monday, January 01 18 02:02 pm GMT)

    Very interesting site, to find out where my dad was in 1948

  • Stephen Matthews. (Wednesday, November 08 17 09:41 pm GMT)

    What can I say that hasn't already been said.
    What an interesting site.
    Well done, and keep up the good work.

  • sue tidd (Friday, October 13 17 06:07 pm BST)

    My nan worked in the kitchens
    one of the ovens blew up and she lost all of her hair (it grew back all grey) , i was told that an old uncle Tom painted the inside of the chapel roof gold.
    he came back from the boer war, my grandad was in the hospital as a patient he was in the royal hampshires , hecame back from jallabad,his name is Percy Pressley, my great grand father was in the Hussars
    John Conner who came from Sligo,was stationed at victoria hospital.I remember going to the hospital to sing carols ,i went to butlocks heath school.

  • Wendy donovan (Thursday, October 12 17 06:21 pm BST)

    Looking to see if there is any photos of nurses my nan was there as a nurse may morrissey

  • Anne Jackson (Sunday, October 08 17 09:51 am BST)

    REF: Major James Fearnley STEWART.
    Row 14 Grave No. 11 SECTION C. (St. Mary the Virgin Church, Hound. Netley)
    In Loving Memory of Major James Fearnley Stewart lat 14th Murrays JAT Lancers died at Netley 5 May 1907 aged 44

  • Andy Macdonald (Tuesday, October 03 17 11:33 am BST)

    Dear Sir

    I am attempting to find out out more information regarding My Great Grandfather, Sir Jon Dennis Macdonald.

    I was wondering if you could help steer me in the right direction.

    Your sincerely
    Mr A J Macdonald

  • Phil Hardy (Wednesday, August 23 17 03:22 pm BST)

    On Twitter this morning I saw two photo's of the 637(?) WWI CWG graves. They included the grave of an unknown German soldier and the information that 69(?) German soldiers are buried at Netley.

    I knew Netley was a big military hospital dating from Victorian times so that such a large number of soldiers dying there of the effect of wounds sustained did not surprise me. However, I was intrigued by two things.

    Firstly, that 10% of the graves were of enemy soldiers. Secondly, that even though it was at the end of the evacuation chain wounded got there and died there without anyone knowing who they were.

    So my curiosity piqued I googled away and came across your excellent site. Where I have spent far longer than I anticipated.

  • Colonel Jeremy Green OBE (Friday, August 04 17 12:24 pm BST)

    I am trying to trace LCPL Frank Quilter's (MFP) grave. He ws buried in Netley Cemetary on 21 July 1901 having died of his wounds sustained from the 2nd Anglo-Boer War.

  • Christopher Slater (Friday, July 07 17 12:53 pm BST)

    My paternal Grandfather -
    Frederick Samuel Slater -
    was a patient there cOct 1915 - Jan 1916.
    He received a bullet wound to his right temple at the Battle of Loos. He survived until 1942, having suffered a life of epileptic fits and head pain.
    I'm still in the process of writing up his story.

  • Cordelia Silva (Saturday, May 20 17 02:16 pm BST)

    I have been researching the history of my 3rd cousin Hilda Ellen Hulf. Hulf was also my maiden name, and I would love to know which of the three Sisters is Hilda . Hilda was born in 1917, she trained as a nurse in London and in 1939 joined the Q.A.I.M.N.S. R. Hilda was stationed in Malaya in 1941. In 1942 Hilda together with other nurses, women and children fled to the docks in Singapore to escape the Japanese forces, who had rapidly invaded the whole country. The Japanese continued to bomb and machine gun every body and anybody, wounding and killing people as they tried to board rescue ships. Hilda and colleagues boarded the S.S. Kuala and sailed to Pom Pong Island 0n Friday the 13th of February where the ship docked . The ship was bombed on the 14th when it sank and all passengers had to swim or get into a life boat to reach the island. Hilda suffered a haemopytsis from bomb blast and was taken to relative safety from. the island with other injured passengers to Sumatra.

  • WILLIAM STEWART (Saturday, May 13 17 09:20 am BST)

    I was stationed at RVH from 1959 to 1961 when took my RMN exam and moved as Staff Sgt to Chepstow and again from 1968 when I was commissioned until I retired in 1974

  • Doug Croucher (Friday, May 12 17 10:49 pm BST)

    I happened to find your site while searching for information on my great uncle, Frank Mahan Wakefield. I found a medal of his and was very excited to see the gravestone photo and your information.

  • Wayne Harris (Wednesday, May 10 17 12:05 pm BST)

    Dear Sir,
    I have been scanning many family photographs which my older brother lent me. During the process I found several which my late father had annotated. Some of these show groups of soldiers from Ward 2 at Netley sometime during 1916. The family connection with these photos is my Uncle Reg who was my Aunt Nancy's husband (Dad's sister). He is one of the soldiers in the photos, which were postcard size and have a short message on the back to my late Aunt. If you would like scanned copies of these I would be happy to send them via email.

  • Sheila Williams (Friday, April 28 17 11:02 pm BST)

    We are researching the men on our church war memorial, and I was delighted to find your photo of the grave of G.E.C.Maynard who died at Netley. Thank you for all your hard work!

  • Heather Gittings (Thursday, April 13 17 12:49 pm BST)

    I have been doing some research on my Great Uncle William Henry Baynes who was a 2nd lieutenant of the 1st battalion Queens Royal West Surreys Regiment and discovered he was taken to and died at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Southampton. I was interested in your site for information about the hospital during WW1. My Great Uncle was taken to his home town of Canterbury for his burial. I found your site very interesting. Thank you.

  • Joan Wood (Friday, April 07 17 10:30 am BST)

    What an amazing record! It is all so fascinating and the research involved must have been quite incredible.

  • Beryl Varilone (Friday, March 31 17 03:13 pm BST)

    I was very interested to read about Ken Skinner's neighbour having a relative who was a sergeant at the bottom gate of the hospital. Could that have been my Grandfather JOHN WINDEBANK? He was a sergeant employed in the security department

  • Mark HEATH (Monday, March 20 17 08:00 pm GMT)

    What a beautiful site, this must have taken ages to finish & I only wanted to see what the grave of Capt. Frank Leonard NORTHROPP looked like & now I have. Thanks very much.

  • Glynis Attwood (Thursday, March 16 17 08:03 pm GMT)

    I believe one of my relatives was buried in one of the first graves to be used in the cemetery.
    I love royal Victoria country park. .we are so lucky to have it

  • Joanne (Wednesday, February 22 17 02:12 pm GMT)

    Loking for somewhere to pay my respects on ANZAC Day, so am seeking out cemeteries that have Kiwi military graves... Thank you.

  • Barbara Mehew (Monday, February 13 17 10:49 pm GMT)

    Found your site by happy accident. My Grandfather (Walter Mehew MGC No. 35716) was a patient at Netley in 1918. He would have been there on Armistice Day.
    Very interesting website. Hope to visit one day.

  • Rosie Rowley (Sunday, February 05 17 01:07 am GMT)

    I found your interesting website through the FFHS website and thought you may like to know that one of our Macclesfield WWI casualties, George Wardle, died on 11th September 1915 at Netley Hospital from septic poisoning almost one month after being shot in the thigh at Gallipoli. He is buried in Macclesfield. You can read about him at

  • Edward Minte (Tuesday, January 31 17 12:35 pm GMT)

    Found this site purely by accident and found it to be really fascinating. I was, as a National Serviceman, a patient at RVH for six weeks in 1955 convalescing from Pneumonia. It was an amazing experience.

  • Heather Johnson (Saturday, January 21 17 01:59 pm GMT)

    This is a really great site, so interesting. Thank you for sharing it all.

  • derek mcgraw (Sunday, January 01 17 06:15 pm GMT)

    Hi, I've found a medal and would be keen to return it to its family.

    What's the best way to go about it? It's marked "3060 Pte w may"

  • Zenia Squires Jamison (Friday, November 18 16 12:01 am GMT)

    Hi regarding the pictures of the nurses the second one from the top is my great great grandmother Kezia Liley her daughter's also worked at netley I have photos i' d be happy to share but would also like to find out more about the history of netley

  • Trevor Slevin (Monday, November 14 16 01:13 am GMT)

    My grandson visited on Remembrance Sunday ( 13th). He updates me on his actvities weekly as I now have retired to Thailand. I have penned this just to encourage you to continue your valuable work a younger generation still needs to know and understand the sacrifice of others in a world that sometimes seems determined to forget.
    All credit to your efforts the next visit to the UK will make this a must do visit.

  • Mike Brown (Sunday, September 18 16 07:10 am BST)

    I have been researching your site in an effort to trace my paternal Grandfather who was in Netley hospital following a head injury at the battle of the Somme. I know he died later of his injuries but
    that is all I know. During a visit to what sadly remains of this magnificent building my late father told me that when he lived at Hythe across the Solent he would cycle the corridors selling ice
    creams from a Walls Ice Cream 3 wheeled cycle.
    Would there be any records available of those returning service men and women from the first war that I could examine on line. Thanks

  • Ron (Friday, August 19 16 10:11 am BST)

    Directed to this site from leaflet picked up on a visit. It looks interesting.

  • Gary Anstis (Tuesday, August 09 16 10:30 am BST)

    Tomorrow I return to put a New Zealand flag on the grave of my great uncle. Sadly he died on my birthday 100 years ago this year.
    It seemed so distant to have this mostly forgotten Kiwi buried so far from his home but the site is tranquil and I thank you for keeping the memories alive of the brave men resting at Netley

  • Mike Joyce (Saturday, July 09 16 04:48 pm BST)

    My grandfather was evacuated from Gallipoli to the Royal Victoria in Sept 1915 Fortunately he survived his wounds & was transferred back to fight again. I am interested to find out how many
    soldiers from the Hampshire Regiment are buried here & the dates

  • Sylvia Webb (Saturday, July 02 16 12:57 am BST)

    I have found out my uncle, Frederick George Alan Hawkins 120629, who died 16th May 1919 in Southampton, after returning from action in France on the GMAT hospital ship Carnisbrook Castle, is laid to
    rest at Netley Military Cemetery. Frederick was my mum's older brother. I would greatly appreciate a photograph of his memorial if at all possible.

  • Samantha Gibbons (Thursday, June 02 16 12:39 pm BST)

    After researching my family tree ive found out sadly that two of my great uncles died in ww1 in france, Walter Thomas Heath and Christopher Heath, their brother Sidney Heath didnt die but was treated
    at Netley hospital for trench fever, is their any information on this? did he die there? any help would be very much appreciated.

  • Ann Davis (Thursday, May 05 16 01:18 am BST)

    I am part of a team carrying out research on the WWl dead of the Catholic community of Reading, which has no War Memorial for WWl though there is one for WWll. I have identified one casualty, Henry
    Lawes who is buried in grave no R.C. 894. Would it be possible to have a photograph of the grave, or any information about the deceased, who I assume died in Netley Hospital. ? THank you for your

  • Suzanne lord (Tuesday, April 26 16 04:31 am BST)

    Hello, i am trying to find information on my grandfather harry mills born 23/2/1889 in rochdale, lancashire. I was told he served in the kings (liverpool) regiment in ww1 and was admitted to netley
    hospital with wounds from sharpnel

  • Kaycee (Saturday, April 23 16 06:26 pm BST)

    What a fantastic piece of work this is, such a shame that the headstones are wearing thin.

  • Alan Jones (Sunday, April 10 16 03:36 pm BST)

    Brilliant, my grandfather had a leg amputated at Netley during WW1 and we have some old photos showing him in groups.

  • Georgina Hutber (Sunday, April 03 16 02:56 pm BST)

    I promised a South African historian last year that I would look in Netley for casualties of the Boer War who made it back to the UK and then died (I remembered seeing a headstone). Your website has
    been invaluable in that regard. I also have a general interest in Netley as my g-g uncle was briefly there after enlisting in the IMS as a surgeon

  • Jane Wheeler (Tuesday, March 29 16 03:01 pm BST)

    Hi Julie, Just to say thank you for a interesting cemetery walk the other weekend. We will try and get to the "hospital" walk next month.
    Hope to see you soon. Jane and Mark.

  • Frank Harrop (Monday, March 28 16 11:52 am BST)

    Hi Julie, My name is Frank Harrop and I live in Stalybridge, Cheshire. I am researching the names of Soldiers on the 1914-18 Stalybridge War Memorial. I have come accross a Private Alfred Murphy M.M.
    Sherwood Foresters 26705 died 17th June 1918, who I beleive is buried in Netley Military Cemetery, grave reference C.E. 1956 (fron CWGC website). There is very little information that I have been
    able to find, except from Soldiers died in WW1 he enlisted in Stalybridge. Would it be possible for you to supply me with a photograph of his grave, for inclusion in my research, as there may be
    extra information on his gravestone, so that I can increase the information regarding his personal history.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

  • Jo Baxter (Friday, March 25 16 08:39 pm GMT)

    We believe our grandfather Thomas Reagan was buried at Netley in 1917 and we would like to visit his grave. That will involve a journey from Sheffield. Is there any way that we can check that our
    information is correct? Thank you for any help. Jo Baxter

  • Spence Chaplin (Monday, March 21 16 10:41 pm GMT)

    After checking for family history info on a relative in the UK, Army Register of Soldier's Effects, I kept coming across the word Netley in the old ledgers. I'd never heard of the word (or place as
    it turns out). To be honest I still don't fully understand for example why Netley appears in the Credits (Accounts and Date) column and also the common reference to Free patient reference which
    invariably followed a discharged date and (sadly) a death date too.

  • Ken Skinner (Saturday, March 05 16 12:35 pm GMT)

    Nice exhibition at the Station today. My neighbour Liam Fox was a Sergent on the Bottom Gate in Victoria Rd.

  • Steve Crook (Saturday, March 05 16 10:04 am GMT)

    My Great grandfather Joseph Shaw is buried in the cemetery he was wounded in France in 1914 and shipped back to the hospital, his family were moved to the hospital to be near him and have lived in
    the village ever since, on his discharge he decided to stay in the village and in later life worked as the gate keeper for the hospital.

  • Mary Taylor (Wednesday, February 03 16 12:27 pm GMT)

    I am at present studying to be a Hamble Valley Guide, so want to do a presentation on Netley. Came across the graves in my research, wonderfully well kept.

  • David Longster (Thursday, January 28 16 11:47 pm GMT)

    An amazing site! A Labour of Love, packed with information.
    Is there a way of finding out more about one of the WW1 German burials in the cemetary, 'P. Pland' Grave CE 1611? Died 22/10/1914

  • Ronald Mast (Saturday, December 19 15 04:53 pm GMT)


    I am trying to do some reseach on private J. HANCOCK (regimental number 5622) who was wounded at Spionkop 24-01-1900. He was in the Middlesex regiment. I got information he died at Netley
    hospital,but am unable to find information. Can you help please ?

  • John Reinke (Friday, December 18 15 08:38 pm GMT)

    Good morning, You sent me a photo of a grave for my cousins grandfather who was
    Private Alfred Sadler at Netley. My cousin in her 80's was very very happy and was wondering if there was if she sent a photo of herself , that someone could take a photo of it on his grave and send
    it via email back to her. Is that possible??? Merry Christmas , John Reinke , Christchurch New Zealand

  • Kate Lawless (Thursday, December 03 15 11:53 pm GMT)

    My grandfather Archibald St George Tuohy, an Australian Soldier was addmitted to the hospital 9 May 1917.

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