Today's date is 26 Apr 2017
WW I Centenary : War related deaths : 2 Island people died on this day in 1917
Click this link WW I deaths on this day for details
WW II 75th Anniversary : War related deaths : No Island people died on this day in 1942

The Isle of Wight Family History Society is for all those who want to research their ancestors.

Members include people with island ancestry who live on the UK mainland or elsewhere in the world as well as those who live on the Isle of Wight but whose families came from elsewhere.
The experience and knowledge of our members range from those just starting their researches to those who have over 30 or 40 years experience - one of the aims of the Society is to share the experience to help those just starting.
If you are just starting your researches - see this Message from Jon Matthews on how to get going.
Whether you are an experienced researcher or just browsing this site, we hope that you will find something to interest you - the 'Family Name' search below will show those records we hold on this site, some accessible without membership.

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Apr 2017
Isle of Wight Rifles at Gaza
100 years ago this month, between 19th-23rd April 1917, the 1/8th Bn., Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles) were engaged in one of the most destructive battles of the First World War, between British and Ottoman forces, in Gaza, Palestine. Almost 200 men of the Isle of Wight Rifles were killed - a quarter of the Battalion.
Pittis grave markerCapt. Charles Pittis' original grave marker at Gaza Cemetery

2017 One Day Conference details

31 January 2017 : the current (No 124, Feb 2017) Journal is now available to members as a PDF from the website, and printed copies are being despatched.
Members can download Journals as a PDF from the link on the Journal Archive page :-

Journal Archive

Next Meeting(s)

13 May 2017
10.30 am to 5.00 pm
The Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight
AGM and One Day Conference

"Born on the Isle of Wight - and what happened next ?"

Speaker : Dr Kevin Towner

John Dennett

Richard Smout
"Born on the Isle of Wight - and what happened next ?"
... Our general theme this year is related to anything to do with emigration, or the lives of Islanders, famous or not ... details have yet to be finalised, and we shall invite other local groups to present similarly themed displays.

Conference web page

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