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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Swale
Town
Eastchurch
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Regimental Memorials
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 25 July 1955
    Attended by: LORD TEDDER
  • Rededicated
    Date: 25 July 2005
    Attended by: Former Service Personnel
  • Dedicated
    Date: 25 July 1955
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
63480
Current location

Opposite the All Saints Church.
Village Centre
Church Road
Eastchurch
Swale
Kent
ME12 4EH
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 98835 71382
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Figure of Zeus supported by plinth with wall. Plinth with projecting centre with dedication and recessed sides with names. Incised aircraft depicted below dedication. Wall depicting relief of eighteen early aircrafts in flight extends from rear of plinth. Whole set in paved area.
Inscription
Centre plinth: THIS MEMORIAL/ COMMEMORATES/ THE FIRST HOME OF/ BRITISH AVIATION/ 1909/ NEAR THIS SPOT AT/ LEYSDOWN EASTCHURCH/ Mussel Manor Stonepits Farm/ FLIGHTS AND EXPERIMENTS WERE/ MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE AERO/ CLUB (later ROYAL) OF GREAT BRITAIN/ Also THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE/ FIRST AIRCRAFT FACTORY IN GREAT/ BRITAIN BY SHORT BROTHERS 1909/ And THE FORMATION OF THE FIRST/ ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE STATION/ 1911 Left: AVIATORS/ (NAMES)/ AND OTHERS Right: DESIGNERS AND/ CONSTRUCTORS/ (NAMES)/ AND THE CRAFSTMEN/ OF SHEPPEY/ ROYAL NAVAL/ AIR SERVICE/ (NAMES)/ AND TWELVE RN/ TECHNICAL RATINGS
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Regimental Memorials
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 4
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
    Order of information: regiment,rank
Components
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
Listing information
  • Memorial to 'The Home of Aviation'
  • Grade II*
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
Costs

Comments: Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Brabazon of Tara (formerly J T C Moore-Brabazon) and Hugh Oswald Short served as patrons for the memorial. They issued a call for support of the idea in a letter to The Times in 1950 (see references). Later Sir Francis McClean also became a patron.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private,public
Responsibility
Swale Borough Council and Eastchurch Parish Council
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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