Old Soldiers Never Die...

 
 


Overlord

Location: Portland (Dorset) - Unstated public gardens
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1976
Further Comments: While walking his dog early one quiet May morning, Mr Murphy suddenly found himself surrounded by tanks, jeeps and American soldiers walking around. Then, as suddenly as they had appeared, the scene vanished, leaving both Murphy and his dog shaking. The witness speculated that he had witnessed a brief moment when soldiers were making final preparations for the D Day landings.


 
 


First World War Soldiers

Location: Portsmouth (Hampshire) - Hayling Avenue
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: A woman walking down the road walked by a detachment of soldiers travelling in the opposite direction. She noticed they were wearing an old style of uniform, but it was only when she looked back and realised they had vanished did she know she had witnessed something strange.


 
 


Charging Horseman

Location: Prestbury (Gloucestershire) - Shaw Green Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04 May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Killed by a Lancastrian arrow in the 1400's, this glowing messenger is doomed to carry his cargo forevermore. Another story says he was decapitated by a thin wire that was placed across the road.


 
 


Chaplin

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - Fulwood Barracks - garrison church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s - 1980s
Further Comments: Killed during World War One, the Chaplin returned to his base, and stayed ever since. He has been seen leaning against his sword, and heard clapping and breathing heavily.


 
 


Legion

Location: Purbeck (Dorset) - Flower's Barrow, Grange Hill, Bindon Hill, Worbarrow Bay and Chapman's Pool areas
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A ghostly Roman army is said to march in these areas. Never seen (other than at Chapman's Pool), their presence is denoted by the stamping of feet in unison. Some believe their appearance signifies a threat to Britain.


 
 


Musket Fire

Location: Rowton (Cheshire) - Rowton Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Belonging to Civil War soldiers, the exchange of small arms fire still echoes around the area where a battle once raged. The sound of a crying child has also been reported at night.


 
 


Scots

Location: Sandbach (Cheshire) - Scotch Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A battle occurred here between Scots and locals in 1651 - the shades of the defeated Scottish troops are reported to be still at unrest.


 
 


Army Marching On

Location: Souter Fell (Cumbria) - Side of Mountain visible from Wilton Hall
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 June 1744 (reoccurring?)
Further Comments: Over two dozen witnesses saw a mass of troops ascending the mountain on horseback, though there were no real soldiers in the area. The ghostly army had been seen twice before, always on the same date.


 
 


Sounds of Battle

Location: St Albans (Hertfordshire) - Row of shops along Chequer Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The location of the Battle of St Albans, fought during the War of the Roses, is said to still generate the sounds of battle.


 
 


King Harold's Army

Location: Stamford Bridge (Yorkshire) - Area over battlefield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1812
Further Comments: The reenactment of Harold's 1066 victory has been observed in the skies over the field where much blood was shed.


 
 


Battle of Bramham

Location: Tadcaster (Yorkshire) - Bramham Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The sound of horses galloping on the field is thought to be those forever fleeing the nearby site of battle, which took several hundred lives.


 
 


Soldiers

Location: Tankersley (Yorkshire) - Tankersley Moor
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers reputedly walk the moor, the scene of a long forgotten skirmish.


 
 


Soldier

Location: Torrington (Devon) - Castle Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed in the Battle of Torrington, this shade still patrols the area.


 
 


Searchlight

Location: Totland (Isle of Wight) - The Needles Old Battery
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former searchlight tower is said to still beam down a beam of light, even though no light source is contained within. The phantom sounds of a small group of men running down a corridor have also been heard.


 
 


Battle

Location: Wareham (Dorset) - Hills around Creech Grange
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: December 1678
Further Comments: Several thousand men were said to have been seen in the area, the sound of battle filling the air. The event is said to have been witnessed by around one hundred people.


 
 


Old Soldiers

Location: Westonzoyland (Somerset) - Sedgemoor Battlefield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 05 July (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The spirits here reportedly include voices that call out to witnesses over the nearby River Carey, and horsemen who gallop silently along. People have also reported pockets of cold air, and watching a white woman glide over the marsh, near where her lover was murdered by Royalists. On the anniversary of the battle, sounds of fighting have been heard.


 
 


Battlefield Figures

Location: Wick (Gloucestershire) - Freezing Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is haunted by several ghosts, all wearing clothing which places them to the Civil War era (the hill was the site of a battle).


 
 


Army

Location: Winterborne Abbas (Dorset) - Nearby hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 June 1662?
Further Comments: Two men out riding spotted, from a distance, many horsemen sporting military colours upon the hill. Expecting to cross paths with the army further down the road, they were surprised when they did not, and upon further investigation, there was no other sightings or reports.


 
 


Romans

Location: Winterborne St Martin (Dorset) - Maiden Castle (hill fort)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s?
Further Comments: Phantom soldiers have been reported in this area, while legend says this Iron Age hillfort was built by a race of giants.


 
 


Headless Horses

Location: Woodmanton (Wiltshire) - Location known as Patty's Bottom
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rumoured to be a battleground between Britons and Romans, the sounds of battle, accompanied by the site of headless horses, have been reported. The battle was said to be so intense, the valley filled with blood.


 
 


Old Soldiers

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Imphal Barracks, Fulford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: One soldier in training was taken to sickbay after seeing one of the ghosts which haunted this barracks. The spirits wore black buttoned tunics and cylindrical headwear.


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