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College students volunteer with Commission gardeners

27 March 2012

Students on the Uniformed Services Course at Fareham Tertiary College have volunteered to carry out work in Ann's Hill Cemetery, Gosport.

Thirteen students visited the cemetery's war graves plot  on 16 March and have made a commitment  to return again throughout  the academic year.

Among other tasks,  the group removed two semi-mature Turkish Hazel trees and replaced them with two Fagus Sylvatica, donated by the college.

The students were supervised throughout the project by college tutors and Commission staff and CWGC Regional Supervisor Carl Liversage spoke highly of their efforts.

"The students were very enthusiastic and demonstrated drive and determination throughout and there were smiles all round as the tasks were completed on time."

A World War Two Commemoration Ceremony is held at the cemetery every June and Gosport Borough Councillor Graham Burgess, spoke of the direct benefits of the initiative.

"We are very grateful to both the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the students for their time and work in maintaining the area in which the war graves are situated.

"We hold our annual World War Two ceremony there every June as we feel it is important that we remember those who lost their lives in defense of their country."

Gosport was a significant sea port and Naval depot during both World Wars. Number 5 Squadron Royal Flying Corps were based at Gosport just before the outbreak of the First World War and during the Second World War the town was the base for Number 17 Group Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy Light Coastal Forces.

Ann's Hill Cemetery contains 104 First World War graves and 144 Second World War burials in a plot at the Western end of the cemetery. There are also 31 German burials in the cemetery.


Image courtesy of Matt Bull, Gosport Borough Council