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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Sevenoaks
Town
Penshurst
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945), VC or GC Recipients
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
63509

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Current location

On the south wall of the church.
St John the Baptist Church
Penshurst
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN11 8BL
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 52747 43850
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Conjoined oval tablets within wreaths, each bearing an inscription and surmounted by the Sidney armorial. The whole is mounted on a stone backboard. The wreaths are green with gold ties, the left one containing the inscription to Viscount De L'Isle and the right one containing an inscription to his wife. The Sidney armorial is two shields bearing the Sidney coat of arms painted in gold, blue and red. These are surmounted by a viscount coronet in gold and white and, above that, a helm painted white with a porcupine in blue with gold spines as the crest.
Inscription
WILLIAM/ PHILIP SIDNEY/ The Rt. Hon. 1st Viscount De L'Isle/ VC.KG.GCMG.GCVO./ Governor General of Australia/ 1961 to 1965/ Secretary of State for Air/ 1951 to 1955/ Born 23 May 1909/ Died 5 April 1991 JACQUELINE/ CORINNE YVONNE/ Only daughter of/ Field Marshal Viscount/ Gort of Hamsterley V.C. and/ Corinna his wife/ And Beloved wife of/ William, Viscount DeLIsle V.C./ Born 20 October 1914/ Died 15 November 1962
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,forename,occupation,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,forename,occupation,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth 20mm, height 850mm, width 740mm
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Monuments to Courage: Victoria Cross Headstones and Memorials by David Harvey p678, 1256
  • The London Gazette 30 March 1944 Published:Her Majesty's Stationery Office London
  • Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sidney,_1st_Viscount_De_L%27Isle

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