05. Ann’s Hill War Graves Tour

05. Ann’s Hill War Graves Tour

In Person

Guided Tournew events

Ann’s Hill Cemetery, Anns Hill Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 3JX

Honour the fallen and hear their stories

Ann’s Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of over 280 servicemen and women who lost their lives in the two world wars.

During both wars, Gosport was a significant seaport and Naval depot, with many government factories and installations based here, as well as the Haslar Naval Hospital. No 5 Squadron Royal Flying Corps were based at Gosport just before the outbreak of the First World War and during the Second World War the town acted as base to No 17 Group Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy Light Coastal Forces.

Your guide, Alan, will start with a short talk on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (when and why it was formed, who created it and what it does today) and then lead you on the tour.

You’ll hear stories of a number of heroes and interesting characters from WW1 and WW2, who are buried and commemorated at Ann’s Hill Cemetery and other War Grave sites.

Please meet your Guide, 5 minutes before the start of tour, in the ‘New Cemetery’ (on your left heading towards Anns Hill Arch).

Duration 90 minutes.

OPENING TIMES

Friday 10 September: 1230
Sunday 12 September: 1500
Friday 17 September: 1230
Saturday 18 September: 1100

BOOKING DETAILS

Pre-booking: Required

Please DIY book via the BOOK NOW button.  But for people who may experience difficulty with booking online themselves, we can help.

Contact us from 0930 to 1700. Monday to Saturday….

In-person:  Gosport Tourist Information Centre (at the Bus Station)

By Phone:  023 9252 2944 or 07849 399 823

By Emailbookings@gosportheritage.co.uk (subject line:  ASSISTED BOOKING)

Booking opens: 21 August 2021 0930
Booking closes: 16 September 2021 1700

ACCESS

Parking is available immediately outside the cemetery on both sides of the road. Wheelchair access is good for the talk and some of the tour but, when viewing some of the individual graves, access may be more challenging. The ground surface can be uneven in places. Suitable flat footwear is recommended, and a waterproof coat (or umbrella) if inclement. Bug repellent spray can also be useful.

Partially accessible rest stops Service dogs welcome

 

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please arrive 5 minutes before start of tour. This is a public cemetery – due respect should be given to visitors and mourners at all times.

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ORGANISED BY

Commonwealth War Graves Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

MAP / DIRECTIONS

Ann’s Hill cemetery is a large area behind a lond bricked wall off Ann’s Hill Road. The tour will take place in the New Cemetery (a small Commonwealth War Graves Plaque is on the entrance gate pillar of the the New Cemetery). There is an old cemetery and chapel on the other side of the road but all visitors should meet at the New Cemetery.