13-inch mortar                
16pr RML                
64pr Garrison carriage                
7-inch RBL                
16pr RML horsedrawn                
64pr blocked-up carriage                
On Manoeuvres                
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

25/04/2018 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part III - Tragedy and Triumph.... and Tragedy
PFS member James Doherty continues the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.        
 
28/04/2018 - PAV Recruiting Day
The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers are looking for new recruits. Why not come along to Fort Nelson on Saturday 28th April to see what is involved in this unique hobby.
 
23/05/2018 - The Enigma of Bletchley Park
A talk by PFS member Graham Walters about the work of the code breakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
 

News


PAV Recruitment Days - 28th April & 26th May 2018
 
Uniformed members of the PAV will be in the 'Voice of the Guns' at Fort Nelson on Saturdays 28th April & 26th May 2017 to encourage members of the public to join the PFS and, if suitable, the PAV.
All PFS members are welcome to come along to give the boys their support.
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Due to the anticipated bad weather and very low temperatures the PFS evening meeting on the 28th February is cancelled. We hope to re-schedule the talk on 'Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy' to a date later this year.

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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

25/04/2018

Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part III - Tragedy and Triumph.... and Tragedy

PFS member James Doherty continues the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.        
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28/04/2018

PAV Recruiting Day

The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers are looking for new recruits. Why not come along to Fort Nelson on Saturday 28th April to see what is involved in this unique hobby.
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23/05/2018

The Enigma of Bletchley Park

A talk by PFS member Graham Walters about the work of the code breakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
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26/05/2018

PAV Recruiting Day

The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers are looking for new recruits. Why not come along to Fort Nelson on Saturday 26th May to see what is involved in this unique hobby.
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27/06/2018

The Pompey Pals Project

By the end of the First World War more than 1,400 men from Portsmouth had made the ultimate sacrifice. Tonight's talk is by Chris Pennycook, co-founder of the Pompey Pals Project, who will tell the personal stories of some of those men.
              
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25/07/2018

PFS evening visit - location to be advised

The PFS evening visit will be ................ from 1900hrs to 2100hrs. Watch this space for details.

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22/09/2018

PFS 2018 Outing to the Western Heights at Dover

 
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 22nd September to the Western Heights, Dover, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before. The visit coincides with an Open Day put on by the Western Heights Preservation Society (WHPS) and will include the Drop Redoubt, the Grand Shaft and many of the other interesting sites on the Heights.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0800 sharp and returning around 1930. Full details of the outing and an application form can be found in Newsletter No. 146
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26/09/2018

Members' Photo Evening

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

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24/10/2018

The German Ardennes Offensive - December 1944

Popularly known as the 'Battle of the Bulge', PFS member Michael Forrest recounts one of the largest and most costly campaigns of the Second World War. 
 
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28/11/2018

Captain Scott's CPOs - Crean, Evans and Lashly

A talk by PFS member Geoff Hallett about the Chief Petty Officers of 'Scott of the Antarctic' ill-fated expedition.
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