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

27/02/2019 - Commander 'Buster' Crabb - What Really Happened?
A fascinating talk by Dr. John Bevan of the Historical Diving Society who will provide an expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Commander Crabb during a spying mission on a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.
 
27/03/2019 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part IV
PFS member James Doherty concludes the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.        
 
24/04/2019 - A Short Biography of the English Channel

Details to follow. Speaker: Iain Kennedy

 

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

27/02/2019

Commander 'Buster' Crabb - What Really Happened?

A fascinating talk by Dr. John Bevan of the Historical Diving Society who will provide an expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Commander Crabb during a spying mission on a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.
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27/03/2019

Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part IV

PFS member James Doherty concludes the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.        
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24/04/2019

A Short Biography of the English Channel

Details to follow. Speaker: Iain Kennedy

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22/05/2019

Haslemere and District Military Relics and Memorials

A talk by PFS Chairman Mike Darling about the military aspects of the interesting town in which he lives.
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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

The PFS evening visit will be to a local place of interest.

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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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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

Meeting T.B.A.

Meeting T.B.A.
              
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