Milford at War

Courtesy of MOSHRS

Milford, together with Keyhaven, sits at a vital, and potentially vulnerable, position at the western end of the Solent. The physical remains of past conflicts are visible at Hurst Castle and in the more recent defences created at the beginning of the Second World War.

Over the centuries, Milford’s people have made a significant contribution to the nation’s defence and the fallen are remembered in the memorials of the Great War and the Second World War. Individual memorials to naval and military personnel are to be found in All Saints Church, including Hon Sir William Cornwallis, Joseph D’Arcy, Robert Man, John Peyton and John Whitby. Others who have lived locally include Peter Hawker, John Charles Symonds, Thomas Edward Symonds and Sir William Symonds.

Not to be forgotten are the volunteer Sea Fencibles and Yeomanry of Napoleonic times and the Local Defence Volunteers – ‘Dad’s Army’ – of the Second World War. We hope to see more research into these and others who fought for their country, and any information including personal histories will be welcome.



Cockram and Williams “Milford-on-Sea and The Great War” 2006, John Cockram

Cockram and Williams “Milford-on-Sea and the Second World War” 2007, John Cockram


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