We have been to Netley Military Cemetery in Hampshire to visit the grave of Private Albert Johnson. And once again, we have been impressed by the standard of care which goes into maintaining First World War graves in this country. Netley is a fascinating place. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the vast military hospital that bore her name. The hospital doesn’t exist anymore, only the chapel remains.
The space the hospital occupied is now a country park. And tucked in nearby woodland is Netley Military Cemetery. It was first used to bury soldiers who died as a result of their wounds in the Crimean War. During the First World War injured soldiers arrived at Netley by hospital trains. Traces of the tracks are still here today. Those who didn’t survive are buried here. And in the Second World War, soldiers injured in the Normandy landings were buried here, including Americans who were later repatriated back to the United States. Netley Military Cemetery is well worth visiting. Do so if you can.