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Karen Clare reports on the latest genealogy news. Got a story to share? Email

Hospital project seeks name search help

Two researchers are appealing for help in tracing the names of thousands of people who passed through the doors of a military hospital in Hampshire during its 115-year history.

Julie Green and Brenda Findlay, of Netley Abbey near Southampton, are independent researchers gathering information about the past lives and times of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital (Netley War Hospital) and its cemetery. Brenda runs the Netley Abbey Matters website at www.netleyabbeymatters. while Julie manages the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley website at www.netleymilitary- and their joint current project is to collate the names of the staff, patients, civilians, family members and medical students who walked the corridors of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital during its lifetime, 1863-1978. Thus the hunt for thousands of names is on.

Brenda explained: ‘Whilst there are no official registers, there are pockets of information in all manner of places - newspaper articles, family notices, trade directories, obituaries, telephone books, private and public websites, past employees’ memories etc.

‘We have trawled through hundreds of these “pockets”, and at the end of March 2019 began to publish a Summary of our findings on a dedicated page on my website. As at the end of November 2019, our full Hospital Listings database holds just over 8,000 entries.’

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