Great War

The Great War

THIS WEEK IN 1995: Old soldiers are still sharp shooters

A First World War veteran came face to face with a team which recreated the times in which he fought during a visit to Portsdown Hill.

The Denmead and Hambledon Home Guard in August, 1944 - captured outside Jubilee House, Ashling. Can you name anyone?

Can you identify men who served in the Hambledon and Denmead Home Guard?

CHARITY trustees are on a mission to immortalise the memory of a group of noble wartime volunteers – and they need your help.

Youngsters from France, Germany and Gosport feature in a previous rendition of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

European schoolchildren set to unite for First World War spectacular in Gosport

SCHOOLCHILDREN from a trio of nations will join forces for the finale of a touring show.

The Wave installation at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Joy as Fort Nelson poppy sculpture draws in more than 50,000 visitors

MORE than 50,000 people have visited the iconic poppy sculpture at Fort Nelson.

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WATCH: First look at Portsmouth’s evocative poppy exhibition marking WW1 centenary

A POPPY exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War has been unveiled in Portsmouth.

First World War veteran Frank West, 93, takes the salute at Bishop's Waltham

THIS WEEK IN 1992: Veteran recalls shooting down a Zeppelin

A veteran from the First World War proudly took the salute at the Bishop’s Waltham Remembrance Day parade.


Passchendaele tragedy remembered 100 years on

THEY were the men who made the ultimate sacrifice, and for that, they will never be forgotten.

Passchendaele. Picture: Imperial War Museum

Pompey Pals will lay wreath at Guildhall Square for Passchendaele dead

A CHARITY will lay a wreath to honour soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele.


War exhibition unveiled in Gosport

THE STORY of Gosport’s contribution to the First World War is now on display for all to see.


Lottery grants available for First World War community initiatives

AN MP has urged community groups to apply for money to unearth First World War stories.

Maxim battery, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsea c 1910 (Eyre & Spottiswoode)  John Sadden (JPS) <>

The handsomest young man... in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Grammar School archivist and city historian JOHN SADDEN recalls the idealistic poet who wanted to die.

HMS President''Picture: Andrew Lunn Photography

Future of a WW1 ship that could move to Portsmouth remains in the balance following MP debate

THE fate of a historic First World War battleship is hanging in the balance.

The Howe Division crest.

Yet another Pompey lad doing his bit

There has been much recently about the Portsmouth Pals and the local soldiers who fought in the First World War.


Portsmouth WW1 cenotaph cleaned for Battle of the Somme memorial service

THE Battle of the Somme is one of the most infamous and devastating tragedy’s in history with families across Europe suffering heartache.

Musician Richard Sharp with Marian Le May

Tambourine from Battle of Jutland finds a new home with the Royal Marines

A MILITARY tambourine used by a veteran who survived the Battle of Jutland has been returned to the Royal Marines.

BREATHTAKING The magnificent memorial built at Thiepval on the Somme. It has the names of 72,246 missing British and South African names inscribed on its 16 brick piers.

They still hold the trench in which they were killed

Today commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in Picardy, France.

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Troops going over the top at the start of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 during a training exercise behind the lines

Another two months will see us back in dear old England...

Michael Davison found his father Harry’s captivating letters to his wife as the world commemorated the start of the First World War. They were in one of her drawers.

A Portsmouth Grammar School class in 1914, the year the First World War started

Five Portsmouth Grammar School pupils killed at the Battle of Jutland

It is not known how many former pupils of Portsmouth Grammar School took part in the Battle of Jutland, but at least 13 were mentioned in Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s despatches.

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The Portsmouth Grammar School library where Francis Harvey debated the ethics of war. All pictures courtesy of Portsmouth Grammar School.

VC hero from Portsmouth sacrificed himself to save 1,000 shipmates at Jutland

As Portsmouth’s oldest school it comes as no surprise that former pupils of Portsmouth Grammar School have taken part in every major war and most major battles since its foundation, and the largest naval battle of the First World War – Jutland – is no exception.

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