‘HMS Cricket’ in Burseldon on the River Hamble was the secret training base for the flotilla of landing craft taking men, tanks and supplies across the channel from Warsash and Hamble.
HMS Cricket was commissioned on 15 July 1943. Initially it was a “Royal Marine Landing Craft Crew Training Base”. The base was later used to assemble troops and landing craft in the build-up to D-day. From 23 May 1944, during the final preparations for D-Day, the base was completely sealed.
It was decided to close HMS Cricket after the end of the Second World War, a decision taken on 1 March 1946. The last arrivals were on 20 May 1946 and Cricket was probably decommissioned on 15 July 1946, three years after commissioning.
Its many buildings were subsequently used for temporary post-war accommodation for the civilian population of Southampton.
Manor Farm Country Park now occupies this site.
|Address||Pyland's Lane, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 1DL, UK|
|Location type||Naval Base|
|Site Ownership and Access Information||Manor Farm Country Park can be visited during normal opening hours: see website.|
|Contact details||See Manor Farm Country Park website for details of visiting the site today.|
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