Sgt. John GALE Taunton Courier 28th March 1877

In Loving Memory of

My Dear Husband

St.John Aylmer Duff GARNISS

Priest Commander retired of Royal Victoria Hospital

Departed This Life November 4th 1963 age 65 years.


I Have Fought A good Fight - I Have Kept The Faith


There is a stone laid flat which reads:


Also his wife

Gladys Winifred Louise


Died June 20th 1972

Aged 72 Years



Gladys was living in "Redmile" in Netley at the time of her death.


St.John was was born in Netley


Burial no. 2236 Church of England


The cremated remains of Phyllis GAW nee BURT were scattered on the 26th January 1974. Phyllis married James R. Gaw in 1956.

Pte. Martin GIBBONS (no headstone)

Lincolnshire Echo 17th September 1935

2nd Cpl. William Walter GILDERSLEEVES A.H.C. Died 15th November 1876.

Is buried in the cemetery but has no headstone but he is remembered on this one.


Burial no. 440 Church of England.

Pte. Robert GILLAN buried 11th June 1864 aged 26 years. No headstone.

In Loving Memory Of

William Henry

The Youngest and Dearly

Loved Son Of

David and Ann GILLMAN

Who Died At Royal Victoria Hospital

Netley July 7th 1884 Aged 19 Years


The Grass Withers, The Flowers Fadeth But The

Word Of Our God Shall Stand Forever.



In the 1881 census, William is aged 15, born in New Zealand and living with his parents and siblings at Netley Hospital. His Father David age 49 is a  Chelsea Pensioner.


The 1871 census has David as being a Sergeant Major in the army.


Burial no. 726 Church of England

Hampshire Advertiser 12th July 1884

In Loving Memory Of

William GOATER (2346)

Staff Sergt. A.H.C.

The Beloved Husband Of

Louisa Goater

Died October 28th 1882

Aged 27 Years


Having Survived His
Return From

The Egyptian Campaign

Only A Few Days



Burial no. 674 Church of England

In Loving Memory Of

My Dear Husband

Harold Bertram GORDDARD (7574261)

(Conductor R.A.O.C.)

Who Passed Over March 19th 1930

Aged 44 Years

Always Remembered


In the 1911 census, Harold was a Lance Corporal aged 25, single, born in Devon and a Blacksmith. The census was taken in Mauritius and South Africa. In 1925 he married Gertrude Amphlett in Lambeth. Harold arrived back in Liverpool from Africa in November 1929 on the ship “Adda”

At the time of death, he lived at 8 Woodlands Ave, Netley.


Burial no 2130 Church of England


RAOC = Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Edwin GOULD age 28 years buried 2nd December 1864. No headstone.

2287 Colour Sgt. Major Joshua GRANT 1st West India Regt. died 12th August 1881. No headstone.

Cpl. George GRANTHAM Southern Echo 1st January 1902. Burial no. 1281 Church of England.

Frank GRATTIDGE was born in Stenson, Derby. He enlisted in 1890 for 7 years as a gunner in the Royal Fusiliers. In 1897 he was transferred to the Reserve and recalled in 1899. He saw some service in South Africa and the last entry on his army records was 'died at Netley' (16 August 1901.

He is buried in the cemetery. Thank you Peter Grattidge.

G.L. GRAY Vetinerary surgeon. Died 7th September 1874. No headstone. Burial no. 353 C of E.

In memory Of

5998149 Brigadier Sergeant


2nd Battalion

The Essex Regiment

(The Pompadours)

Died 15th April 1934

Aged 33 years and 9 months


Edward Mark Green was married to Edith Florence.


Burial no. 2149 Church of England

In Loving memory Of

Charles John GREY

Royal Horse Artillery

Bangalore India

Who Died September 7th 1874

One Day After His Return From India

Aged 25 Years


He was unmarried and his effects were left to his sister Alice Maud Mary Tinker.


Burial no. 353 Church of England

Pray For The Soul Of

Bombardier Harry GROVES (99584)

Who Died June 12th 1898

At The R.V. Hospital Netley

Aged 28

May he Rest In Peace

This Cross Was Erected By His Widow


Burial no. 609 Roman Catholic

2072 077 S. Serjeant


Royal Engineers

17th May 1954 Age 38

His Duty Fearlessly
and Nobly Done

Ever Remembered



In Loving memory of

Armourer Sergeant

Charles GUMBLEY          

Who Passed Away May 23rd 1892

In His 24th Year


Charles Gumbley joined the Lincolnshire Regt. On December 14th 1886 in Dublin, according to his Attestation Papers. He was born in Birmingham and was 16 years and 11 months old and was a gunsmith. He was 5 feet 3 and a half inches tall, weighed 97 pounds and had blue eyes and brown hair.

He was posted to India on 1st October 1890 and returned on the 23rd May 1892 – the day he passed away of Tuberculosis of the Lung.

His parents were William and Elizabeth Gumbley.

"The Queen, God Bless Her!!"

Lilian wife of Sergeant HACKETT was buried on 2nd March 1937 age 23.

Fusilier Edward HALCROW was buried 20th September 1937 age 20. Edward arrived on the "Britannia" from Port Said on the 24th August 1937.

Frederick William HALL

Died 1934

See Burials with Medals and Awards tab

Lance Cpl.Leonard Joseph Russell HARBUTT was buried on 25th March 1937 age 24.

Lance-Corporal HARLY Stamford Mercury 4th October 1895

George Morrish HARPER is buried in the cemetery but has no headstone. I was contacted by Jo Choules who very kindly sent me two photos of George.

George was buried on 21st July 1905. He was a Corporal in the 1st Rifle Brigade no. 8461 and he was 40 years of age when he died.


                                            Burial record no 1419 Church Of England


My thanks to Jo and her family.

Jane Emma HARROP wife of Pte. John was buried 23rd March 1872 age 25 years. Burial no. 238 CofE.

Peace Perfect Peace

In Loving Memory Of

Abel Lilian HARVEY

Beloved Wife Of

Sergt. Percy Harvey R.A.M.C.

Died 23rd June 1913 age 30

1911 census has Percy 28 and Abel 29 living at no 6 Waverley Ave. Netley Abbey. Percy was a Corporal in the RAMC.

Percy was born in Bedfordshire and Abel, in Barbados.

Seaman Charles HARVEY from H.M.S. Hector was buried on 28th August 1868. No headstone.


Surgeon Major A.M.S.

Died 19th August 1893

Aged 40

Robert was born in India and he was married to Alice

Pte. Robert HASKELL Southern Echo 21st August 1905

Henry HASTINGS buried 8th July 1864. No headstone.

In Memory Of


Staff Assistant Surgeon

Who Died April 1870

Corp. G.H. HAWKER (no headstone)

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 1st September 1923

In Memory Of

Private H. HAWORTH

Medical Staff Corps

Who was accidentally drowned in the Southampton Water

on the 10th June 1895

Aged 23 years

Erected by the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and men of no’s 4&5 Companies Medical Staff Corps

Burial no 1012 Church of England

Southern Echo 11th June 1895.

Thy Will Be Done

To The Memory Of Sarah

The Beloved Wife Of


Born May 12th 1830 Died February 23rd

1069 Pte. William HEARNE died on the 5th May 1879 aged 33 of Phthisis in ward 22a. Burial record Church of England 533. No headstone.


294 Cpl. Charles HEPPLETON died in ward 16a at 2.30pm on the 14th May 1879 aged 24 of fever contracted in Cyprus. Burial record  Roman Catholic 357.


Willie HEPWORTH Burnley Express 27th December 1913.

   In Loving Memory Of

Lt Colonel Charles Birnie HILL

  Royal Army Medical Corps.

     Born 20th April 1855

       Died 7th May 1905

"Through Suffering Into Everlasting Peace"




Charles died in London but his family lived in Netley


More information here:

HERBERT ARTHUR HIRONS 1864 – 1901 Regimental No. 640 - 4th Derbyshire Regiment


Herbert was born in 1864 to John and Rachel. His siblings were Henry, Leah, Florie, Louise and Annie. Herbert married Annie Hodkinson in 1893 and they had a son William.

In 1893 Herbert was a sergeant in the army. He was awarded the South African medal and later he was the winner in a "Bayonet v Bayonet" tournament in 1894.


He was taken to Netley after being captured by the Boers and dragged behind a gun carriage for three days. He was found wandering on the veldt but never regained his sanity.


Uncle Bert, his son, could remember visiting him with his Mum (Annie, nee Hodkinson).  They walked along a covered gravel walk.  Herbert would surreptitiously pick up handfuls of gravel and secretly give them to Annie saying, ‘Take these, they are worth a fortune.’


He died on the 15th March 1901 after four months and 10 days, of a cerebral tumour.


The above information was passed onto me by Marjorie Howard who had been looking for Herbert for quite a while. Herbert was her Godfather's father.

Thank you for telling me about him.


He has no headstone and is no 228 in the burial register.



In Loving Memory Of

Capt. W.H. HIRST

Who Fell Asleep In Jesus

November 14th 1899

Aged 46 Years


"Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb

Therefore Before The Throne"


"Only a little while beloved.

The word farewell we cannot say,

For God's redeemed ones know full well

They part at night to meet at day

Till the day break, and shadows flee,

Only till then, goodnight to thee."


Unto Him That Loved Us And Washed

Us From Our Sins In His Own Blood

To Him Be Glory And Dominion For

Ever And Ever. Amen.     Rev. 1.  5 -6



William Henry was married to Rebecca and lived at "Springfield" Netley Abbey. He was a Captain and quarter-master-garrison-staff at the Hospital. (Details from Probate Calendar)

1891 census has William and Rebecca, both aged 37 living with children Harry, Nellie, Marjorie, Linda and servant Rosa Barber at Springfield's.

In Loving Memory Of

John HOARE late

Died at Netley 20th September 1878 aged 42

Erected By His Sorrowing Widow

In Loving
Memory Of

Alaby Vibert HOBBS

Who Fell Asleep

October 16th1919

Aged 53 Years & 7 Months

Deeply Mourned By His

Adoring Wife And Children


Life’s Work Well Done

Life’s Race Well Run

Life’s Crown Well Won

Now Cometh Rest


Alaby was 14 years and 6 months old according to his Attestation Papers on 2nd October 1880. His number was 5073 and he was in the Royal Artillery. He was a tailor and had light brown hair with dark eyes.

He was stationed at home from 2nd October 1880 to 18th January 1886, and then posted to India from 19th January 1886 to 4th March 1896, then back in England from 5th March 1896 to 15th July 1897. He suffered badly with Rheumatism in his fingers, knees and shoulders, “brought on by being in a damp climate”. He was recommended to be discharged on 15th July 1897 – made official on 9th August 1897.

Alaby married Ethel Gertrude Marie Hayes on 14th April 1890 in Bangalore.


1911 Census has Alaby Hobbs 45 and wife Ethel 37, children Ethel 14, Alaby Edward 13, John Vivian 10, Violet Edith 9, Dorothy Maud 7, Walter George 4 and granddaughter Lena Doris aged 2 living at no 2 Mercury View Hamble Hampshire. Alaby was an Army Pensioner store man (presumably at Netley). He was a Jersey resident. The couple had been married 21 years and had 8 children.


Alaby was a Barrack Warden RASC and lived in "B" Square, married quarters at Netley hospital.



In Affectionate Remembrance Of

George Lamont HOBBS

Major 45th Regiment

Who Died At The

Royal Victoria Hospital Netley

Four Days After His Return From India

May 29th 1871 Aged 41 Years

George was married to Frances Margaret Hobbs of Winckley Square Preston according to the Index of Wills.

Hampshire Advertiser 7th June 1871

I received this information December 2020:


George Lamont Hobbs was the 2nd son of Capt. Thomas Hobbs of the 92nd
(Highland) regiment, of Barnaboy, Frankford, King's County (which is
now Kilcormac, Co. Offaly), and his wife Margaret née Hackett.  He was
born there on 3 Feb. 1830.  He was married at St John, Preston,
Lancashire, on 7 July 1864, to Frances Margaret ('Fanny'), 4th and
youngest daughter of the late Robert Brown, surgeon and alderman of
Preston.  They had one son (also Maj. George Lamont Hobbs, who also
died in his 40s) and one daughter.


This comes from Hugh Casement. Thank you Hugh.

David Ogilvy HOILE M.D. Staff Assistant Surgeon

Late Assistant Surgeon of the 60th Royal Rifles.

Who died at the Royal Victoria Hospital

 February 3rd 1865 age 34 years.


David was born in Montrose Forfarshire Scotland.
His parents were Henry and Margaret.


He was buried in the cemetery on 7th February 1865. J.A. Addison, vicar of Hound took the service according to the burial register from deceasedonline.

1530 Lce. Serj. Richard Holland died 28th February 1871. He has no headstone.


He served in the Crimean campaign, the Seige of Sevastopol, the battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman.





Burial no.197 Church of England

Thomas HOLLAND buried 8th July 1864. No headstone.

In Affectionate

Remembrance Of


2? Battalion Rifle Brigade

   Late Of Morton

In The County Of Lincoln

  Who Died At The

Royal Victoria Hospital


  March 29th 1871

Three Days After His Return

 From Coomassie

   Age 21 Years

   Rest In Peace


Who Departed This Life

August 30th 1888

 Aged 29 years

Henry Gregory HORNE


Headstone hard to read

Sacred To The Memory Of

    No. 6079

Pte Charles E. HORTON

2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regt.

  Who Died At Netley

 21st February 1911

    Aged 29 Years


Erected By His Comrades



  Placed To

The Memory Of

Quarter Master Sergeant

  William HOWE

  3rd Battalion

Lancashire Fusiliers

 By His Comrades

February 26th 1904

Pte. Jonathan HUNTER buried 11th June 1864. No headstone.

Richard Charles HURLEY

There are 2 entries on the first page of the burial records which have always been a puzzle.

Number 62 and 63 burials were those of “a Marine or Sailor from HMS Irrisistible” nothing else is written so sadly, no name can be given to the sailors without a great deal of research or so I thought until I received an email from Tonia who asked me if I could help her find anything about the first husband of her great grandmother Louisa.

 Richard Charles Hurley was killed in an accident involving a cannon on the same ship in august 1866 whilst it was giving a gun salute to a ship carrying Queen Victoria.

I would like to think that one of the sailors buried in the cemetery is Richard as his death was recorded in South Stoneham, now to find out who the other one was.

Tonia has researched her family tree and the details about Richard are below.


Richard Charles Hurley was born on Christmas day 1827 in Ireland. He married Louisa Mary Cleary in 1861 on the Isle of Wight where he worked as a coastguard in Shanklin. They had two sons, Charles & Arthur who was born a few months before his father died.


The following is from the “Coastguards of the Isle of Wight” by Tony Gale.


Coastguard News from England


Sandown Rescue. 1866.


During a strong gale three vessels were driven into Sandown Bay and were likely to be driven ashore. The Sandown Coastguards fired signal rockets to warn the ships of the danger; all three turned away but a Swedish brig, carrying a crew of twelve struck. The crew cut away the masts to try and save the vessel. The Sandown Coastguards decided to try and mount a rescue, there was a problem as Chief Officer Bunt had sent two Coastguards to Culver Down to confirm the other two vessels cleared Culver headland. He was therefore two men short for a full crew. He sought volunteers from the local fishermen to no avail. Some men volunteered but were refused, as the Chief Officer wanted men accustomed to heavy boat work. Fortunately, a Coastguard arrived from the Shanklin Station, Richard Hurley and two volunteers John Hyde and John Raynor, made up the crew, which consisted of John Bunt, Robert Hoar, John Moran, William Jennings (Sandown Coastguards) Richard Hurley (Shanklin Coastguard) and the two volunteers. The Coastguards made two unsuccessful attempts to reach the brig and about 1.30 am the brig started to break up.  The Coastguards made a third attempt and rescued one man. On a fourth attempt six men were rescued but on the return some planks on the boat were stove in and the boat filled with water, however, it managed to reach the shore safely.

A small fishing boat under the leadership of Francis Hayden, was launched and after two attempts rescued four more men, a third attempt rescued the twelfth and last member of the crew. It must be stressed that the Coastguard boat, although seaworthy was not designed as a lifeboat. There was a large crowd watching the unfolding events and a huge cheer went up as the last man was rescued. A collection was taken and the fishermen given £4-10-0 each. The Coastguards were looked upon as doing their duty and received nothing. The Chief Boatman John Bunt and the fisherman Francis Hayden were awarded the Silver medals of the Royal National Institute for the Preservation of life from Shipwrecks.


Five months after this, he was tragically killed.


Thank you Tonia

Sgt. John Arthur HURST Lichfield Mercury 22nd November 1901
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