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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Tonbridge And Malling
Town
West Malling
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Non-Combat Deaths
Maker
Guy Portelli (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 21st May 2002
    Attended by: Madame Townsend, Giles Townsend, Hugo Townsend, Pierre Colson Townsend, Colin Reed Managing Director, relatives/friends of the fallen
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
48787
Current location

King's Hill
Townsend Square
West Malling
Tonbridge And Malling
Kent
ME19 4HE
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 67386 54871
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A two-stepped, square base surmounted by a square plinth and small sculpture of an aircraft and small seated figure of Group Captain P. Townsend. The seated figure is set into a dark stone slab with a hurricane at the top of the slab soaring skywards above his head. The dedication is on the sides of the plinth.
Inscription
Northeast face: DEDICATED BY/ HILREED HOMES/ AND UNVEILED ON THE 21ST MAY 2002./ IN RECOGNITION OF/ GROUP CAPTAIN PETER TOWNSEND/ AND ALL THE BRAVE AIRMEN/ WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY FROM/ WEST MALLING AIRFIELD/ DURING WORLD WAR II. Southeast face: THIS MEMORIAL MARKS/ THE SITE OF THE RUNWAY/ WHICH WAS OPERTATIONAL/ BETWEEN 1908 TO 1994. Northwest face: THE WEST MALLING RAF/MOTTO IS/ "WE GUARD THE GATE."/ WE THANK THEM ALL/ FOR THEIR DEDICATION/ AND OUR FREEDOM TODAY.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Rank, forename, surname.
    Order of information: Surname
Components
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Memorial
    Measurements: height 2438 mm
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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