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Royal Naval Hospital Haslar - Gosport, Hampshire, England
In 1746, the foundations were laid for what was to become the largest brick building in Europe at the time.
The original plan for the quadrangle building featured a fourth side that was never built – and the speculation is that cuts in funding were a problem for the Navy of the 1700s as was the case in later centuries.
When Haslar did receive its first patients, on 23 October 1753, the front block of the hospital was opened early at the urgent behest of the Admiralty - the first 100 admissions had up to that point been accommodated in the builders’ huts around the site.
The records of those buried in the cemeteries are detailed below. Care should be taken, however, with the details given as some records have been found to differ from those given on the grave headstone. Therefore there is no guarantee given that the details listed are totally correct.
While most internments are singular graves some large memorials cover those killed when a ship or submarine sank taking all or most of the crew with them. The main ones being HMS Boadicea, HMS Eurdice, HMS Thunderer, H.M. Submarines A.1 and L.55.
Although Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery is a Naval Cemetery others than Royal Naval personnel are also buried within its walls. Members of the Royal Air Force, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Merchant Navy, Foreign Navies and relatives of Royal Naval personnel.
Where ever the British Royal Navy has served, world-wide, it's officers and sailors have given their lives for their King or Queen and Country.
Where the British Royal Navy has had Naval Bases or Naval Hospitals at home or overseas it has been the practise to create and maintain Naval Cemeteries.
Where no specific Naval Cemetery have been created other cemeteries have been used, either for the burial of the deceased or for a memorial to the fallen.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission