The Hampshire Viceroys

The 70th anniversary of Indian independence and its subsequent traumatic partition has been the subject of much media attention in recent months. The man chosen by Clement Attlee to be the last Viceroy and to oversee the transition was Louis Mountbatten (1900-1979). Lord and Lady Mountbatten had strong ties to Hampshire and, when in England, often entertained at Edwina’s family home, Broadlands near Romsey.

Hampshire men from all levels of society have served the British Raj, in the civil service, the church or in the army. These connections between the county and the subcontinent can be traced through the letters, diaries and other personal papers held at Hampshire Record Office.

Stratton Park
 Stratton Park
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Murder in Victorian Havant

Just after six o’clock, on the evening of 26 November 1888, an eight-year-old boy called Percy Knight Searle was murdered in the centre of Havant. His mother had sent him on an errand into town to collect a parcel of shirting from the local draper’s shop. On his return journey Percy was attacked from behind by an assailant lurking in the shadows of a school wall. An attempt was made to cut his windpipe with a pocketknife, but the fatal blow came from a savage three inch deep puncture wound just below the right ear. Percy died minutes later from a haemorrhage to the carotid artery.

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‘Murder of A Boy At Havant’ (Illustrated Police News. 8 December 1888). British Library Board

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