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Kent's Roll of Shame!

We have identified the following Kent civic tributes and war graves that require protection / restoration urgently. Some are merely in need of a good clean (by stonemasons NOT a local resident with a steam cleaner). Others require a fresh coat or the men's names "blacked". A few have patently been allowed to decay over a long period of time, one or two are even starting to fall apart! It is an utterly scandalous situation that some parish councils and church PCC's neglect their sons like this. We have no hestitation to name and shame the worst offenders here. Their normal excuse is (wait for it) - lack of funds. This is utterly ridiculous because the most wealthy parishes are often the worst offenders. It's outrageous!! What they often fail to realise is the fact that if these men's names completly disappear, they may well be lost forever from a local point of view. Those villages who seek to have their details removed from this list of shame are advised to get in touch with the War Memorials Trust who will be able to provide advice regarding grant funding. Alternatively CLICK HERE for War Memorials Trust Application Forms and Guidance. As you will find out, there is no reason why your village tribute should be looking so bad...There is no need for us to make any disparaging comments - the photographs speak for themselves. Have a look yourself and then make your own mind up...
Shepway Cross
Lympne
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THIS IS A WAR MEMORIAL !

We very much regret to report that the local residents of Lympne and West Hythe and it would appear the local branch of the Royal British Legion are all under the impression this monument merely commemorates the location of the Ancient Court . This is incorrect, the monument was erected on land donated by the owner of Lympne castle to commemorate the "DEEDS OF THE MEN OF THE CINQUE PORTS DURING WARTIME". In fact the war memorial was officially opened on 4 August 1923 (the same day that the Great War broke out), this date was chosen on purpose. Many books have been published that incorrectly give the wrong reason which over the years has resulted in this unfortunate confusion. We placed a poppy wreath on the memorial in 2006 shortly before Remembrance Sunday only for the wreath to be removed a few days later. We found out that a local resident had removed it on the basis that this was not a civic war memorial. The memorial itself is not being looked after at all. You can clearly see from the photographs here that the local parish council has allowed the thing to become overgrown with Ivy. If that wasn't bad enough, the stonework is now in urgent need of a good clean and professional restoration. It is our intention in the near future to make an application to English Heritage to have it Grade II Listed. This will ensure that the memorial gets the care and protection it deserves. Please spread the word - THIS THING IS A CIVIC WAR MEMORIAL NOT JUST A MONUMENT TO COMMEMORATE THE SITE OF THE ANCIENT COURT OF THE CINQUE PORTS!

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Kingsnorth
(War Graves in dense undergrowth all year round)
FIXED OCTOBER 2007
The Rector has now confirmed to us that the weeds have been cut back and that the war graves shall be given due respect in the future


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KENT WAR MEMORIALS IN NEED OF URGENT PROTECTION
BRIDGE
CHARING
CHATHAM
(St Augustines)
HASTINGLEIGH
(Fence)
RECTIFIED OCTOBER 2007
FAVERSHAM
(St Mary of Charity)

RECTIFIED MARCH 2005 FOLLOWING OUR COMPLAINT
SELLING
LYMPNE
(Shepway Cross)
DEAL
(St Leonard's)

RESTORED SEPTEMBER 2007 WITH OUR HELP
NORTHFLEET
RECTIFIED MARCH 2OO7
The Memorial has now been fully restored
MAIDSTONE
(R. West Kent's)
CANTERBURY
(Civic War Memorial)
MATFIELD
SISSINGHURST
(WW2 Plaque only)
BRENCHLEY
NOW RECTIFIED FOLLOWING OUR COMPLAINTS
BICKLEY
(St George)
SANDHURST
STANSTED
OFFHAM
LUDDESDOWN


ashford
ASHFORD WAR MEMORIAL
OUR GRADE II LISTED BUILDING APPLICATION APPROVED
February 20007
Updating Ashford's Civic Tribute
October 2006
In 2006 we made representations to the Ashford Borough Council to have the town's civic tribute bought up-to date. We want to add all the names of local fallen men who were left off the memorial by error (WW1 & WW2) and to also add the names of locally fallen men from all post WW2 conflicts including local fallen men killed on active service in Iraq & Afganistan
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Glady's Alice Sparkes
Ashford's only civilian casualty of the Great War who was missed off the towns memorial!

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KENT VICTORIA CROSS GRAVES FALLING APART!

DEAN D
(Tunstall)
BORTON A.D
(Hunton)
KERR W.A
(Folkestone)
COMMERELL JE
(Folkestone)
COFFIN C
(Tunbridge Wells)
WALKER M
(Folkestone)
WHITE W.A
(Hildenborough)









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As you can see below, as this site becomes more popular, parish councils are rectifying the highlighted problems

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David W Hughes : Neil R Clark : Kyle D Tallett