Series: Military Hampshire

Royal Hampshire Regiment WWI War Diaries
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Military Hampshire

The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester holds the WWI War Diaries for the regiment

If one of your ancestors served with the Royal Hampshire Regiment during World War I, you may be interested that you could discover more about their experiences on the battle field by examining the war diaries of the unit they served with.

Access to the archive is on an appointment only basis and you may be charged a small fee for that access. If you can’t get to Winchester then the museum has a research facility, although it cannot research an individuals service record. There is a fee for this excellent research service.

The archive is held at Serles House in Winchester which also houses the museum and memorial garden for the Royal Hampshire Regiment.

Royal Hampshire Regiment
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum

 

You may also be interested in Operation War Diary a Citizen History project

Operation War Diary is a Citizen Historian project that all of us with ancestors who served in WWI could get involved with and really make a difference

We have all been moved by this years Remembrance Day, so many people have been posting on social media networks, pictures of their family members who served in WWI.

Operation War Diary

 

Project Operation War Diary seems a good way to make sure our engagement isn’t fleeting and that by showing that if we each do a little, we can all achieve such a lot.

The war diaries of the British Army serving on the Western Front are being released from the National Archive and with the expertise of the Imperial War Museum a Citizen Historian Project has been instigated to classify each page of the diaries to reveal new data and connections.

With careful interpretation, the diaries can help the family historian begin to piece together the story of an ancestors war experience.

Operation War Diary

Anyhow, take a look at Operation War Diary and become a Citizen Historian for the World War I centenary. You can choose a diary to work with, a tutorial gets you started and you can do as much or as little as you want. Citizen Historian projects are a great way of cracking through large amounts of data that otherwise would be left in the archives.

Once the job is done the diaries will be free to look at through the National Archive and can be downloaded for a small fee.

 

The Pompey Pals
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Military Hampshire

In WWI Portsmouth was able to raise two battalions of ‘Pompey Pals’ the 14th and 15th Hampshire Regiment. Many enlisted at Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth Football Club. How must it have felt to these men of Portsmouth, many of whom would be fervent Pompey supporters, to enter the gates of Fratton Park, not to join the fray of a football game but to enter the affray of war?