Remembering and honouring the Fallen at Fort Nelson

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Remembering and honouring the Fallen at Fort Nelson

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Date(s) - 10/11/2019
10:45 am - 11:15 am

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road,
PO17 6AN.

Event Description

A special firing of a Second World War piece of artillery on Remembrance Sunday, 10 November, at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson museum, will form part of the commemorations to those killed in two world wars and all conflicts since.

Museum visitors will be able to join the nation in remembering the servicemen and women who laid down their lives. Re-enactors in First World War uniform will fire ten rounds using Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifles to mark the beginning of the 2 minutes’ silence at 11 am, and a Second World War piece of artillery will be fired by re-enactors in Second World War uniform to signal the end of the silence. The commemoration will end with a reading.

Date: Sunday 10 November

Time: 10:45 am – 11:15 am

Fort Nelson is a remarkable Victorian fortification (one of the famous Palmerston Follies), which was built between 1860 and 1870 to deter an enemy attack on Portsmouth from inland, although it never saw action against the French.  Portsmouth played a critical role as an embarkation point during the First World War for the millions of soldiers deployed to Europe.  Soldiers stationed in Portsmouth during this period used Fort Nelson as a barrack and training centre. The fort was also used as an anti-aircraft ammunition depot and played a crucial part in supporting the defence of the Solent during 1940 and 1941.

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson is home to an extensive collection of First World War artillery, including the British 18-inch Railway Howitzer in the Artillery Hall.  The museum is open daily 10 am – 5 pm (April – October) and 10 am – 4 pm (November – March). Museum admission is free and parking is £3.

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