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Hayling Island World War II Heritage Trail and COPP Memorial

Hayling Island World War II Heritage Trail and COPP Memorial

Historic Site

The story of the World War Two Combined Operations Pilotage Parties unit, code-named COPP, is one of the greatest in the history of clandestine operations. The achievements and exploits of the volunteers were extraordinary. This top secret unit of less than 200 men won over 90 medals and commendations. They carried out secret reconnaissance missions on proposed enemy-held invasion beaches and the information gathered safeguarded the lives of thousands of Allied servicemen.

The WWII Heritage Trail along the coast of South Hayling is a lasting record of Hayling’s role in the war years. The Island’s population almost trebled as the holiday camps, hotels and large houses were taken over by the armed forces. There are six information units, starting at the Ferry, the site for construction of four Mulberry Harbour sections, Sinah Common gun battery, The Inn on the Beach, HIADS Station Theatre, the COPP Memorial and Eastoke Corner.

Opening Times

Open all year (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen

Contact Details

Hayling Island
Hampshire
PO11 0DG

Opening Times

Open all year (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen

Road Directions

The first element of the WW2 Heritage Trail can be found by the car park at the end of Ferry Road on the far south western tip of the Island.
Postcode PO110DG
The COPP Memorial is the centre-piece of the Heritage Trail, and unit 5 on the trail. It can be found adjacent to the junction of Sea Grove Avenue and Sea Front Road.
Postcode PO119EP

  • Havant Borough Council