Alresford Historical & Literary Society Founded 1966

The Society has commissioned a memorial on Folly Hill, Itchen Stoke to three Spitfire pilots killed in a collision over Abbotstone on 22nd July 1944.Use the buttons to learn the story or watch videos of a commemoration service on 22nd July 2019 and a dedication ceremony on 9th September 2021, both of which contain an eye- witness account.

Remember with honour:

F/Lt. Harold William Adams, RAFVR, aged 23; F/Sgt. John George Lawrence Hughes, RAFVR, aged 22 and F/Lt Bernard Lees, GM, RAFVR, aged 26.


The Metropolitan Police web-site records a George Medal awarded to a Police Constable Bernard Lees in 1940, but doesn’t give details.



Display Board Lees GM Citation 22.07.19 Service 9.9.21 Dedication Location

We are grateful for contributions from Mark Baring & the Grange Estate, Itchen Stoke & Ovington Parish Council, Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council, Award Resin Ltd, Bob Ellis, Ray Hillyer & family and Stan Upton.