Battle of Britain Memorial, Kent, England

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Not to be forgotten in Capel-le-Ferne

Spitfires in flight, England, UK

Capel-le-Ferne is just up the road from Dover, so after our visit to Dover Castle, we headed to the Battle of Britain Memorial site.

Perfect spot

The memorial stone, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

Situated high on the cliffs with an incredible view across the sea. This particular site was chosen for the memorial as it has connections with the first and second World Wars.

The Wall, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

Airships were moored here during World War I between 1914-18, and in 1941 a gun battery was built here.

Much of the personnel accommodation was underground, including a hospital.

Wall Dedication, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

Look out

It is quite a moving memorial with the primary focus being a lone airman looking out to sea across the English Channel, almost waiting for his comrades to come home.

Looking out over the White Cliffs, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

All around the base of the memorial are the badges dedicated to the squadrons who fought during the Battle of Britain. There were not only British but Burmese and Polish as well.

The pilot, in front of the Wing, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

Point to Note

The Battle of Britain Memorial is free of charge and open 365 days a year if you are on foot. Parking is £1 an hour, and the money goes to the upkeep of the memorial.

You can visit their website too, with up to date information of events being held at the memorial.

Touching

The memorial was opened on July 9th, 1993 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
 
However, this only happened by the persistence of an airman, Pilot Officer Geoffrey Page. Geoffrey Page was shot down during the battle and bailed out into the sea with severe burns in 1940. He was credited with destroying 15 enemy aircraft.

The Spitfire, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

He returned again to duty and crashed later in the war and was seriously injured. His determination didn’t stop there when he found out there wasn’t a memorial to the Battle of Britain, a trust was set up to raise funds.

The Hurricane, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

Geoffrey’s dream was realised in 1993 & died in August 2000.

Wish to Donate?

If you wish to donate to the Battle of Britain memorial you can do so here.

Propellers

To get an ideal perspective of the memorial it needs to be seen from above, there are three white propeller blades stretching out from the central statue.

The Propeller, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

Have You

Visited any of Britain’s memorials to heroes, some of these can be incredibly poignant?

Lest we forget

As you leave the Winston Churchill quote is there for all to see, “Never in the field of Human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”

The Quote, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, England, UK

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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