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Unveiling of new War Memorial in Denton, 27th July, 2016

Raymond Whitewood leading the 15 standards to the Dedication Ceremony. (c) Chris Lawson.

Raymond Whitewood leading the 15 standards to the Dedication Ceremony. (c) Chris Lawson.

 Brigadier (Retd) Trevor Minter OBE DL represented the Lord- Lieutenant at the unveiling of a war memorial in Denton, near Canterbury, on 27th July 2016. The memorial commemorates two brothers from the village who died in the First World War and a member of the RAFVR who died in the Second World War as well as two airmen, one Canadian, who died in a mid-air collision nearby in 1944.

The memorial was conceived, researched, engraved and donated by Colin Welch who also masterminded the ceremony; he is a professional musician who lives in the nearby village of Selsted and the work was supported by his brother Sean Welch.

The event was attended by one hundred and forty guests including Colonel Marc Bigaouette, the Canadian Air Force Advisor to the UK.  Service veterans turned out in strength with 15 standards paraded as well local cadets and serving representatives of the Army and RAF. The Parade Marshal was Raymond Whitewood representing the Royal Fusiliers and representatives of the Buffs Association combined to acknowledge the Regiments of the two casualties of the First War.

The local community showed their support and the unveiling was done by Tom Gibson and Molly Goody representing the far ends of the age span in the village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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