13-inch mortar, Fort Nelson                
1st Orkney Volunteer Artillery - 1902                
6-inch BL at Fort Westmoreland, Cork Ireland                
7-inch RBL, Fort Nelson                
Fort Bovisand, Plymouth                
Fort Horsted, Chatham                
Antrim Militia Artillery carrying out gun drill at Carrick Fergus Castle                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Magazine sign, Synewood Battery, IoW                
Sligo Militia at Verne Quarry HA Battery, Portland August 1900                

Meetings / Events

24/04/2019 - A Short Biography of the English Channel

A short biography of the English Channel or "Why we are, why we are” beginning with when the Channel was formed and how this narrow stretch of water has come to influence the way we think, speak and behave. Many welcome visitors, some less so, and some would-be visitors who so very, very nearly made it, but not quite: Phillip II of Spain and his vast Armada, Bonaparte with barges, a tunnel and hot air balloons, and you know who in those perilous early 1940s. Brussels? Don't dare mention it. Speaker: Iain Kennedy

 
22/05/2019 - Tommy Atkins

Tommy Atkins – A generic term for the British soldier in two world wars, but the origin of the name "Tommy” has its roots in the nineteenth century. This talk by PFS member Michael Forrest describes the life of the regular British soldier on the Western Front during the First World War.

 
26/06/2019 - The Seven Ages of Aldershot Camp
A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum
 

News


The 2018 issue of The Redan is now available, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 13th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 15th October.


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The development of Fort Gilkicker to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again. According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not able to see the project through to the end."

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Meetings / Events

Meetings are held at Fort Nelson on the fourth Wednesday of every month, excluding August and December, often with speakers on military subjects that may range from Victorian guns to local history to World War One and Two.
 
The meetings are held at Fort Nelson from 19.30 to 21.00 hours, and are both informative and social occasions. One meeting each year is normally a visit to a local fort or gun battery not generally available to the public.
 
 

Forthcoming Events

24/04/2019

A Short Biography of the English Channel

A short biography of the English Channel or "Why we are, why we are” beginning with when the Channel was formed and how this narrow stretch of water has come to influence the way we think, speak and behave. Many welcome visitors, some less so, and some would-be visitors who so very, very nearly made it, but not quite: Phillip II of Spain and his vast Armada, Bonaparte with barges, a tunnel and hot air balloons, and you know who in those perilous early 1940s. Brussels? Don't dare mention it. Speaker: Iain Kennedy

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22/05/2019

Tommy Atkins

Tommy Atkins – A generic term for the British soldier in two world wars, but the origin of the name "Tommy” has its roots in the nineteenth century. This talk by PFS member Michael Forrest describes the life of the regular British soldier on the Western Front during the First World War.

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26/06/2019

The Seven Ages of Aldershot Camp

A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum
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24/07/2019

PFS evening visit to WW1 Remembrance Centre

The PFS evening visit will be to the WW1 Remembrance Centre in the Hilsea Lines. Full address: Bastion 6, Airport Service Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO3 5PJ.
The start time is 1900hrs with an anticipated finish time of 2100hrs. In addition to the opportunity to have a good look around there will be a 40 minute talk supported by artefacts and a guided tour, all of which is supported by the availability of tea, coffee and cold drinks.
All PFS members are welcome.
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14/09/2019

PFS 2019 Outing to the SS Great Britain at Bristol

 
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 14th September to the SS Great Britain at Bristol.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0800 sharp and returning around 1900. The coach will pick up from and return to the Chieveley Services just off the M4 near Newbury for those who that may find this arrangement helpful. Full details of the outing and an application form can be found in Newsletter No. 150
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25/09/2019

Members' Photo Evening

PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.

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12/10/2019

PFS Annual General Meeting

The PFS 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on the 12th October 2019 at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. All PFS members are welcome to attend.        
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23/10/2019

The History of Winchester - Bishops, Buildings and Bones

Another fascinating talk from local historian Andrew Negus, this time on the history of Winchester.
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27/11/2019

The Eagle Divided - A Tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland

A talk by PFS member Lewis Sharp of his 2018 tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland.
              
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