After a sixty six year campaign, a war memorial has been unveiled in a Kent village. A ceremony, with hundreds of people, has taken place in Aldington near Ashford to remember local servicemen and women who lost their lives in the World Wars. The lasting tribute has been organised by a resident, who has worked tirelessly to get a memorial in place. This report by Tom Savvides includes interviews with organiser David Hughes, Peter Bishop from the Queen's Own Buffs Regimental Association and the Reverend Martin Jones.
· War memorials listed to mark the Gallipoli Campaign centenary
· The Gallipoli Campaign is one of the key centenaries being marked by national ceremonial events as part of the First World War commemorations
· The memorials serve as a physical reminder of the heavy losses from one of the most notable military actions of the First World War
A war memorial in Kent associated with Gallipoli, one of the most notable military actions of the First World War, has been listed to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.
It's one of several memorials listed as part of a Historic England scheme to list up 2500 war memorials over the next five years to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Built in the years following the conflict, war memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss the First World War brought about.
St George’s Church War Memorial Cross has been listed at Grade II. It was originally a private family memorial to two sons, one of whom, Arthur Tisdall, was killed at Gallipoli.
Later it was decided to add the names of other men from the parish who died as the War progressed. Arthur Tisdall, Sub-Lieutenant who was in command of 13 Platoon, D Company, Anson Battalion, was awarded a Victoria Cross for his bravery at Gallipoli for his repeated efforts to rescue a number of wounded soldiers who were pinned down on the beach by Turkish machine gun fire.
Before the war, he had also received a University of Cambridge’s Chancellor’s Medal for Classical Learning. The two very different medals of this exceptional scholar-soldier are represented in accurate, life-sized, bronzes on the memorial shaft.
A memorial was unveiled today to remember the crew of an American bomber, who saved many lives on the ground in Berkshire during World War Two.
The B-17 was flying to Germany when it got into trouble over the Berkshire-Oxfordshire border on November the 13th 1943. T he pilot's quick thinking averted a greater disaster. He dropped the plane's bombs safely in the Thames and steered away from the villages of Wargrave and Shiplake before the aircraft exploded above a nearby field. The crash was witnessed by teenager, Jim Waldron. Today, 71 years on, he laid a wreath at the memorial, as Juliette Fletcher reports.
A town council in Dorset has been accused of committing a criminal act by allowing a new war memorial to be put up in an ancient market town. Shaftesbury has been ordered to remove the six feet talk structure which cost around thirty thousand pounds.
A war memorial from RAF Odiham in Hampshire has been flown to a remote mountainside in the Highlands.
The World War II memorial is in memory of the crew who were killed when their Anson plane crashed in April 1914.
The War Grave Commission decided to replace the existing grave that had deteriorated in the weather with a granite marker to protect the burial site.
Master Air Crew Steve Macdonald from Joint Helicopter Support at RAF Odiham, said:
"It's a very humbling experience. I can honestly say that in my 30 years in the Royal Air Force it's one of the most fantastic projects I've been involved in because there are very few places where the crews are actually buried where they crashed and now these men will always be remembered."