This gem we spotted one day while in the area of Hamble-Le-Rice, and I was amazed that it was still in place.
I was entranced by that Spitfire that I forgot to photograph the whole memorial. Fortunately I did manage to get the information plaque. There is more about the ATA at the Wikipedia page devoted to them
Gosport is the home of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, and it is really a wonderful way to get a glimpse at the men and machines that are associated with submarines. The submarine service by its very nature, was a dangerous one, and a number of vessels have sailed, never to return. The museum has a small memorial to the vessels that were lost, and there are a lot of them. The Americans call it “On Eternal Patrol”.
I passed through the village of Minstead in 2013 with my landlord, and I grabbed a few photographs along the way. One of the places we paused at was the Village Green where there is a Memorial Cross in commemoration of the men from the parish that had died in the two World Wars.
The horses are not part of the memorial.
The one puzzling feature of the memorial is the wooden hatch with a decorative cover in front of the memorial. I do not know what was underneath it, but I have to admit it was quite a mystery.
The village green also had a pair of stocks for those who were deemed worthy of ridicule.
After passing through the green we went to All Saints Church graveyard, to see the grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Inside the church there was a small parish war memorial.
The village green may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 50.897900°, -1.601161°. while All Saints Church is close by at 50.896697°, -1.601696°.
Probably one of the more frustrating War Memorials I have photographed in ages. I was in the area for a job interview so did not have my camera, but used my phone instead, but the sun was just in the wrong place, and each time I wanted to shoot the pic a car/pedestrian/van/dog and everything inbetween would come between me an my lens.
The memorial has plaques for both World Wars on it, and I do have images of them. Because Portsmouth and Gosport are “Naval Towns” there is a predominance of naval casualties to be found in places like Havant which is not too far from the two cities.
The memorial may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates: 50.851348°, -0.981641°
These images were taken at the Bill Targett Steam Rally which was held in Eastleigh, Hants on 18 and 19 May 2013. There were some really nice steam engines there, possibly the most I have ever seen in one place that were not derelict. Unfortunately the weather was not great, but I did get a lot of excellent images which I hope to populate this page with. My favourite has to be a Foreman tractor called “The Hamster”, while for sheer impressive it is hard to beat the Fowler Ploughing Engine, and while she is huge and slow I bet she is pure HP.
The second memorial at Winchester Cathedral is a memorial to the men and women of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as well as the Hampshire Regiment, who lost their lives in both World Wars. It is an extremely comprehensive memorial, detailing the vast numbers from the county that gave up their lives.
The memorial is a very popular spot for locals and tourists to sit or meet, so photography is always difficult here. Google Earth co-ordinates for this memorial is: 51.061037°, -1.314823°
The Southampton Cenotaph may be found in Watts Park in Southampton city centre. It was designed by Edward Lutyens, and originally dedicated to the casualties of World War 1, and was unveiled in 1920. The soft stone used in its construction did not weather well, and in 2011 glass panels were unveiled with the names of the World War I casualties and, in addition, those from Southampton who had died in later conflicts.
There are 2368 names on the green glass panels. It was at this cenotaph that I spent my first Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom.The Titanic Engineers Memorial is across the street from the cenotaph.
Google Earth co-ordinates are: 50.909654°, -1.405196°