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.

Pensioner Leonard ADAMS was buried on 19th July 1958 age 82. He was living at the Royal Hospital Chelsea at the time of his death.

Violet ADAMS

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)

William Edward Adams and wife Kitty

67815 Driver A. AKHURST R.F.A. died 20th June 1900. No headstone.

Lelia Skipworth ALDRIDGE was buried on 16th August 1968 age 79. She lived at Meadow Vale, Oxon. Her husband Lieutenant Colonel Evelyn ALDRIDGE Royal Garrison Artillery is also in the cemetery. 

28993 Bombardier L.ALDRIDGE (Louis) 44th Coy. RGA died at Netley on 14th December 1903 aged 28 years 1 month. Erected by Officers and men.

Burial no 1365 Church of England

Cpl. Edward ALLEN died at Netley after arriving home from India on 4th May 1894. Richard Allen says: The death certificate states Edward died of “valvular disease of heart". Edward was a corporal in the 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment of India.Thanks Richard. He has no headstone.

3118 Pte. Samuel ALLISON died 28th May 1900. No headstone.

In Loving Memory of

Alfred E. ANDREWES (11097)


Translated May 28th 1900

Aged 22

At Rest


Burial no 1195 Church of England

Arthur ANDREWS Royal Navy was buried October 9th 1884 age 22. Arthur was from H.M.S. Hector which was moored at Netley and the ship's Chaplain took the service. 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

Mr & Mrs J. ATTWOOD Manchester Courier 1st December 1906 no headstone
Hampshire Chronicle 1st December 1906.

ATTWOOD Georgina


Sacred to The Memory Of Georgina Attwood died May 26th 1864 age 23


Caroline Waterman her sister who died on her passage from China to England 30th July 1863 age 33


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.

Sacred to the memory of


Died November 28th 1884

Aged 75 years

His end was peace

William is the father of Georgina ATTWOOD, who is the first burial in the register. See Burials From 1864 to 2003 tab.

Burial no 734 Church of England 

He was a Pensioner Staff Sergeant and was buried on the 5th December. Burial register states that he lived in Butlocks Heath.

Mary ATTWOOD wife of William and mother to Georgina, the first person to be buried in the cemetery.

Died April 19th 1888


Burial no. 504 Roman Catholic

30 Trooper Gerald Bayard AYLEN Rhodesia Regiment died 18th January 1901. No headstone.

Gerald was born in London in 1871 to William and Elizabeth.

Sgt Henry AYRES A.S.C. who was accidently drowned while boating on the Southampton water

June 1st 1889 aged 37 years

Day by day, the voice saith come

Enter thine eternal home:

Asking not if we can spare

This dear soul it’s summons there.


Burial no. 852 Church of England

Southern Echo 15th June 1889
Grand Military Concert December 5th 1899 for sick and wounded soldiers



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

John Bailey with fellow NCOs in the field

In Loving Memory of


William Henry BAILEY

1st and 2nd Dorset Regiment

Died October 27th 1900

Aged 26 years

Tirah Campaign 1897-98

South Africa 1899-1900


Service no. 4100

Burial no 1213 Church of England

3526 E.BAKER died 9th May 1901. No headstone.

Sgt. Harry BALL (no headstone) was buried on 30th March 1936 age 34.

Tamworth Herald 30th March 1940

Sgt. Robert George BALL who was an Officer's servant, died due to the effects of poison and whose body was exhumed after burial so that an analysis of his stomach may be taken. Died December 19th 1877. Burial no. 487 C. of E.

Sacred to the Memory of

James Henry BARKER

Corporal 25th Regiment

Only Son of

George & Caroline Barker

of Cambridge

Died August 1876

Aged 21 Years


            Thine Be Done





 Royal Artillery

Died 29th June 1954

     Age 46


"May His Soul Find Eternal Peace"


Captain Baxter was living at Fort Brockhurst at the time of his death.

704 Cpl. James BEALES died 29th January 1871. Burial no 193 C. of E.

In Loving Memory Of

Arthur Irvine Beaufort BEDFORD

Son Of


Born at Lochgilfhead June 8th 1852

Died At The R.V.Hospital Netley May 22nd 1881


Burial no 622 Church of England (Bombay Service)

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

Born 1888?

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

Thanks Anne.

from Jacksons Oxford Ilustrated Journal Aug 30th 1916

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 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



Pray For The Soul of

Hazel Helen BIRD

Who Died April 26th 1961

Aged 47 Years

And Francis Joseph Bird

Died October 8th !976

Aged 66 Years


Francis was a retired Major of the RAMC


Burial record for Hazel and Francis is no 997 Roman Catholic

In Loving Memory of


Died 10th March 1994

Aged 72

Also Of Her Husband

William Edmund Bird

Died 12th August 1996

Aged 83



These two names are not on the burial register

John BLAKEY age 41 years buried 8th July 1864. No headstone.

 2267 Pte T BOOKER 17th Lancers

Died in Netley Hospital August 13th 1883

Aged 29 Years

Burial record no. 709 Church of England


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.


3907282 Private D.T. BOWEN

“D” (MG) Company

2nd Bn 24th Regiment

Who died at Royal Victoria Hospital netley

11th March 1931

Erected by the Officers, N C O’s and men of his company

Wales Border’s

Burial record no. 439 Presbyterian

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.

In Loving Memory of  

615 William Thomas BREX


Late of Nottingham

He died at Netley 11th march 1896 in his 29th year

There is a William Brex in the 1891 census. He is in Maker Barracks in Cornwall

Burial no. 1026 Church of England

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.

He later married Irene Pickett in 1931.


I believe him to have worked with Bert Hinkler in Hamble but I need to research more.


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.

At Rest

29th March 1899


Wife of Quartermaster Sergeant W.BROWN

4th (Queens Own) Hussars

Burial no. 1127 Church of England

William Robert BRUCE O.B.E.

Died 1932

see Burials with Medals and Awards Tab

In Loving Memory of Our Brother

Frederick BRUNT

Gunner 88th? Field Battery

Royal Artillery

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

Able Seaman BUCKLEY died on the 2nd October 1885.

Burial no. 474 Roman Catholic. Hampshire Advertiser 14th October 1885.

In Loving Memory Of

Michael BURKE

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


(Late) Matron

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

Queen Victoria 1899

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

In Loving Memory of

3060 Lance Corporal Frederick W.CAMES 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment born 27th June 1872 died 14th November 1894 eldest son of the late Conductor W. Cames R.A. Assistant Mathematical Instructor College of Engineering Madras India.


Burial no. 992 Church of England

In Loving Memory of

3380581 Sgt. George J.L. CAMPBELL. Died May 28th 1927 aged 32 late Lieutenant London, Scottish and R.A.F.

Burial no. 430 Presbyterian

Sgt. G Brown CARGILL Grantham Journal 8th March 1902 Burial no. 1287 Church of England.

In Loving Memory of

(1782)Thomas B.CARTER

Color Sergt. 2nd H.L.I. (Highland Light Infantry)

Died July 26 1888 aged 34 years

Rest In Peace

Thomas Bernard Carter was married to Anna and lived in the Cottages at Netley according to the Index of Wills.

 Burial no 836 Church of England


Beloved Wife of Cpl. J.J. Casey R.A.M.C.

27th August 1966

Age 34


Rest In Peace


Burial no. 1000 Roman Catholic Mrs Casey was cremated and her ashes interred

In Fond Remembrance Of

(11748) George G. CHANDLER

Corporal 82nd Company Royal Garrison Artillery

Died August 2nd 1904

At the R.V. Hospital Netley

Aged 29 years

Burial no. 1390 Church Of England

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

In Loving memory of Our Beloved Son A. CHURCH

who died March 1931 aged 25 years


1054223 Bdr.Archibald.O.Church 27th Field Battery died 26th March 1931

Burial record 972 Roman Catholic

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.

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