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  • The Dockyard Light Horse – by Ron Seager

    Poem written by shipwright Ron Seager who, when it appeared in the August 1975 issue of Dockyard newspaper Trident, was 56. The Dockyard Light Horse A verse to outmusters when about 25,000 men were employed in Portsmouth Dockyard A wonder to many journalists In the …

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  • London Flotilla

    London Flotilla of the Royal Navy Volunteer Supplementary Reserve

    A group from the London Flotilla of the Royal Navy Volunteer Supplementary Reserve (RNV(S)R) travelled to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 7th April 2016 to present memorabilia to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The items consisted of a framed print, a framed description of …

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    The Diving Museum in 2015

    Click to see a montage of the Diving Museum in 2015

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  • HMS Sultan Is On The Left Fisgard IV And HMS Hindostan Fisgard III To The Right. Credits To Original Photographer.

    HMS FISGARD (Gosport 1904-1932)

    Pour yourself a very BIG drink, and get comfortable – this is VERY long….. Although the following essay is primarily concerned with the shore establishment HMS Fisgard at Hardway 1904-1932, the story actually begins some considerable time before, and elsewhere. The ‘Leda’ class 46-gun fifth …

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    Gosport’s Railway Origins: All gong and no dinner.?

    The story of Gosport always seems, one way or another, to have involved what I’d call ‘unfulfilled promise’ – a legacy that shows no sign of going away even now. Think it through – by 1753 we’d already got Haslar Hospital, Priddy’s Hard Magazine was …

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  • The History Boy

    The History Boy

    By his own admission Stephen Weeks was an unusual child.  As a schoolboy he asked his barber to cut his hair in the style he had spotted on a Roman bust.  And when he entered the world of work in the Carnaby Street-inspired London of …

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    ROWNER PARISHES ‘Parishes: Rowner’, in A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3, ed. William Page (London, 1908), pp. 218-219 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol3/pp218-219 ROWNER Ruenore (xi cent.); Rowenor, Revenore, Rugenhore (xiii cent.); Rouwenore (xiv cent.); Roughner (xvii cent.). The parish of Rowner, containing 1,245 acres, of …

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    Thank you to Den Budden for providing the information (2010) http://www.gosport.info/History/Gosport-s_Home_Guard_History/gosport-s_home_guard_history.html THE STORY OF THE 29th (GOSPORT) HOME GUARD BATTALION, HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT. This booklet is being issued to every man who served in the 29th (Gosport) Home Guard Battalion, Hampshire Regt., as a reminder of …

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