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Town’s memorial benches commemorate those who gave their lives in Second World War

PUBLISHED: 17:22 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:22 14 September 2015

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PEOPLE who lost their lives in the Second World War have been commemorated with three memorial benches in Dartford.

PEOPLE who lost their lives in the Second World War have been commemorated with three memorial benches in Dartford.

The benches, which have been installed in two of the town’s parks, are also intended to pay tribute to the courage of today’s Armed Forces.

Two of the benches are by the War Memorial in Central Park, and were unveiled by Dartford Borough Council leader Jeremy Kite and Mayor Ian Armitt ready for the 75th anniversary of Battle of Britain Day tomorrow.

Battle of Britain Day, September 15, 1940, is considered the climactic day of the Battle of Britain. The Luftwaffe launched its heaviest attack yet on targets in London in an attempt to annihilate the RAF, but was thoroughly routed.

The third bench is in Hesketh Park, near the memorial to Sergeant Trevor Oldfield, who died when his Spitfire was shot down on September 27, 1940.

The design of the benches complements those installed last year to mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Cllr Kite said: “I’m proud that we’ve been able to unveil these benches to commemorate those who fought in the Second World War.

“We will never forget them, nor those who continue to serve our country today.”


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