Stokes Bay



Gosport Anti-Aircraft Gun Sites



Gilkicker Anti-Aircraft Gun Site


Gilkicker AA Gun Site, designated P3, was one of three AA gun sites built at Gosport as part of the Portsmouth Anti Aircraft defences. The other two were were completed at Holbrook and Browndown. Although it was named Gilkicker AA battery it was a considerable distance from Fort Gilkicker and Gilkicker Point. The Stokes Bay Gilkicker AA site site was north of the modern Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Station. Gilkicker AA Gun Site held four 4.5-inch static AA guns in 1942 (one source - Ted Jones writing in David Maber's book Blitz-Bombs on Alverstoke, states that at first two of them were mobile 3.7inch guns. In June 1940 a policy change was accepted that as many sites as possible would become static sites with four guns in each site. No surface features of the site remain, although the four concrete bases on which the guns stood can sometimes been seen underneath the grass in dry weather.

The Gun Operations Room for Gosport AA defence was in Fort Monckton whilst the Master Gun Operations Room (Sector Control) for the entire Solent Sector was in Fort Fareham.


These batteries were part of 5th AA Division and came under the command of 35th Anti-Aircraft Brigade: (Solent master gun operations room at Fort Fareham), Hampshire - Southern Area, Southern Command. The guns themselves may have been manned by:
57th (Wessex) Anti-Aircraft Regiment, R.A. (T.A.) - Southern Area, Southern Command
214th (Southsea) 215th (Gosport and Fareham) Battery: Gosport.

R/457 (Gosport) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery RA(TA) No 6 Company Gosport.


Gilkicker AA Gunsite Gilkicker AA Gunsite
Gilkicker AA Gunsite  



Aerial view of Gilkicker AA Gun Site

The site with the four concrete emplacements just visible.

View the site on Google Earth



Gilkicker AA Gun site: one of the concrete emplacements visible in 2008
One of the concrete emplacements just visible in December 2008




214/57th HAA Regiment, C section at Gilkicker AA Gunsite. Keith Peters (sitting front centre next to the Sergeant)
214/57th HAA Regiment, C section (a Southsea Bty) at Gilkicker AA Gunsite. Keith Peters (sitting front centre next to the Sergeant). Photo (c) kindly supplied by John Peters.



To the north of the four gun emplacements was a hutted camp used by the WWII Anti-Aircraft battery. After the War it was used by the Territorials as a weekend training facility until they moved to Browndown Camp in 1959. According to someone who was stationed there in the Summer of 1960 as a REME mechanic, only the workshop remained. The site was then used as a vehicle park for the Territorial Army at Browndown and was designated as 121 Week End Training Camp. The council minutes for January 1976 record that Gilkicker landscaping phase I had begun including the demolition of the reinforced concrete buildings and gun bases, the break down and infill a very large military cesspit (whose existence was unknown!) and the removing of dangerous obstructions from the shore; planting 500 gorse and some blackberry bushes: A cost of £10,500
Some concrete marking the foundations of the gun emplacements can still be seen in dry weather.


Gilkicker AA Gun site: Hutted Camp in  1952 Plan of Gilkicker AA site based upon surviving remnants of gun emplacements.

Plan of Gilkicker AA Battery in 1952

Plan of Gilkicker AA site based upon surviving remnants of gun emplacements.
Gun Laying Radar at Gilkicker Camp post WWII  
Gun Laying Radar, GL Mk IIIb Accurate Position Finder at Gilkicker Camp post WWII  



Close to Gilkicker AA site, north of the paddling pool was an octagonal mat for a G.L. Radar.


A barrage balloon was moored at Fort Gomer with another at the School of Electric Lighting site near to Fort Gilkicker. A searchlight was mounted to the west of Fort Gilkicker with another at No.2 Battery. All searchlight sites were protected with an AA light machine gun for use against low flying aircraft. Within Fort Gilkicker was a 30mm Bofors later replaced with a 20mm gun. An unspecified AA gun was located in Stanley Park, which was then a private garden, with another AA gun at Haslar Hospital (1 light gun and one machine gun). There was a 2pr Mk2 twin at Haslar Gunboat Yard.


Ministry of Information AA Video





Creative Commons License
This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Licence