Haslar Heritage Group

Section Three - End Note

This was not the first time that Russians had been admitted to Haslar as in January 1770 the Russian fleet was stationed at Portsmouth with many sick, dead and dying onboard and the government eventually gave permission for the crews to be quartered at Hilsea Barracks.

In the February 2 Russian transports arrived at Portsmouth from St Petersburg with 700 soldiers onboard and they were moved to camps on Southsea common with some 400 sick Russians being admitted to Haslar. During this time English Marines taught the Russians the maneuvering of small arms and the handling of hand grenades aloft and in the fighting tops of ships a discipline that the Russians were not acquainted with.

It is believed that some 50 Russians died at Haslar at this time from Typhus and were buried at Haslar. Should this be the case then some 176 Russians lie in the paddock shoulder to shoulder with English sailors, marines, army and cavalry, at rest having served their respective countries.
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