Memories needed of the UK’s last naval hospital – Haslar

A survivor from the Type 42 destroyer HMS Coventry tells of his experience to Prince Charles during his visit to Haslar in 1982. Portsmouth-based Coventry was sunk by Argentine Air Force A4 Skyhawks on May 25, 1982, during the Falklands war
A survivor from the Type 42 destroyer HMS Coventry tells of his experience to Prince Charles during his visit to Haslar in 1982. Portsmouth-based Coventry was sunk by Argentine Air Force A4 Skyhawks on May 25, 1982, during the Falklands war
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After the success of local history books that give voice to Gosport people and their memories and anecdotes, Gosport publisher Chaplin Books is now seeking memories of Haslar Hospital.

The recollections will be compiled into a book which is expected to be published in October.

The ambulance tramway at Haslar hospital  was built in 1877 as a single line from Haslar Jetty in the hospital's main arcade. Hospital boats or cutters collected the sick, wounded or dead from the anchoring fleet at Spithead before ferrying them to Haslar

The ambulance tramway at Haslar hospital was built in 1877 as a single line from Haslar Jetty in the hospital's main arcade. Hospital boats or cutters collected the sick, wounded or dead from the anchoring fleet at Spithead before ferrying them to Haslar

Working on the project is David Gary who compiled Going Over the Water – Memories of the Gosport Ferry and who is collaborating on this new book with Eric Birbeck of the Haslar Heritage Group.

Mr Gary says: ‘We want to capture people’s stories, anecdotes and memories

‘What does Haslar Hospital mean to you? Were you a patient? Did you work there? Were you a volunteer? Or did you just visit?’

If you have tales to tell – whether they are funny or sad – he would like to hear from you.

An aerial shot of Haslar Hospital, Gosport, 1967 PP4783 PPP-150208-153204001

An aerial shot of Haslar Hospital, Gosport, 1967 PP4783 PPP-150208-153204001

Everyone who sends in a memory or anecdote will have it included in the book with their name.

You can e-mail your memories to haslarmoments@gmail.com. Those who prefer to write them in a letter can send them to Chaplin Books, 5 Carlton Way, Gosport PO12 1LN.

The deadline is June 30.

This is the fourth book to use verbatim memories that Chaplin Books has published. In addition to the Gosport Ferry book, Chaplin Books also produced Memories of Ultra, about Europe’s biggest television factory, and The Wonder of Woolies, a compilation of memories of Woolworth’s from shoppers and workers. All the books are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Gosport or from The Book Shop at Lee-on-the-Solent.

St Luke's Church was completed in 1756 and, for 254 years until closure, served the spiritual needs of Haslar both for patients and staff.

St Luke's Church was completed in 1756 and, for 254 years until closure, served the spiritual needs of Haslar both for patients and staff.