In the 1950s it seems that the Men
of the Trees returned and erected several small memorial plaques
in the copse. The exact number is not known, and not all the
memorials are necessarily attributable to the conservation group.
Three of these plaques remain today. One is a memorial to an RAF
flying officer from Widley, James Kelly, who was killed in action
over Normandy in 1944 and was chosen to represent World War II Servicemen.
The second was in memory of Hampshire Servicemen who died in
Korea. The third is desecrated and illegible, but was dedicated to
2nd Lt. Wilfrid Hanbury Grenville-Grey, 1st Bn. K.R.R.C. killed in
action at Festubert, May 15th 1915, aged 19 years. These
memorials are low in height, and resemble tomb stones, hence the
name 'Dead Man's Copse'. It is sometimes referred to locally as
'Dead Man's Wood' or even
'Dead Man's Forest', but I am assured by a tree surgeon friend
that it is a Copse.
Portsmouth City Council acquired
the land from the Ministry of Defence in 1969 as part of the
development of the surrounding area, which became Crookhorn Golf