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

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. The coach will pick up and return from the Onslow Guildford Park and Ride for those who that may find this arrangement helpful. Full details of the outing and an application form can be found in Newsletter No. 146
26/09/2018 - Members' Photo Evening

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

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. 


Fort Brockhurst will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month until September, the next date being the 9th June, with opening times from 1100 to 1500hrs. Refreshments are available.

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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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Society Activities

A sample selection of photographs from PFS events, meetings and visits - click on any picture to start slide show.
Society visit Summer 2012, 6-inch BL emplacements on No.2 Battery Members visit to No.2 Battery, Stokes Bay Diving Museum - Summer 2012 PAV working on the 8-inch shell gun at Pendennis CastlePFS visit to West Moncrieff position, Hilsea LinesMembers' Evening at Fort Nelson Fort Rowner visit - Summer 2011 Visit to Coalhouse Fort, East TilburyThe PAV relax around the 32 pdr SBBLThe PAV 'running back' the 7 inch RBL ArmstrongPAV 'running back' the 64pdr RML on the blocked-up carriagePFS work party looking smug at the end of the dayPFS visit to foreign partsPAV 'ready' to fire the 64pdr RML to celebrate 25 years of the PFSPAV firing the 16pdr RML field gunPFS visit to Fort WidleyPAV in 'blues & helmets'PFS work party laying hogging at Fort Nelson - fine adjustments!PFS work party laying gravel hogging on the West terreplein Fort NelsonPAV around the 13 inch mortar dressed for a US civil war event at Fort NelsonPAV 'detatchment rear' alongside the 16pdr RMLPAV firing the 16pdr RML field gun at Fort NelsonPAV in the replica barrack room at Fort NelsonPFS work party working on the garrison carriage for the 64 pdr RMLPAV firing the 32pdr SBBL, note the muzzle flash and friction tube tracePFS work party laying the gravel hogging on the West terreplein at Fort NelsonPFS work party loading hogging for use on the west terreplein at Fort NelsonPFS work party painting the 64 pdr RML of 58cwtPFS work party check that the newly built gun platform can take the weightPAV firing the 13 inch land service mortar during an American Civil War eventPAV waiting for their tea in the Fort Nelson replica barrack roomFort Nelson officers mess kitchen, with two kitchen maidsLoading of the 32 pdr SBBL with the powder cartridgeDetail of the reproduction breech for the 32 pdr SBBLFiring of the 32 pdr SBBL within the North caponier of Fort NelsonThe business end of a 32 pdr SBBL, Fort Nelson North CaponierPAV firing the 64 pdr RML on Garrison Carriage at Fort NelsonPAV 'running up' the 64 pdr RML on Garrison Carriage at Fort NelsonPAV reloading 32 pdr SBBL at Fort Nelson