National Memorial to the Few #CountryKids

When we visited Kent last October we found a few hidden gems to explore.  You may remember my recent post on the Louis Blériot Memorial where we learnt about the first Channel flight. Well today I’m sharing our visit to the National Memorial to the Few in Capel-le-Ferne, between Folkestone and Dover.

National Memorial to the Few

We’d spent the day travelling on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and I’d spotted the sign for The Battle of Britain Memorial on our way back to St Margaret’s Bay. Time for a little detour for our aviation fans.

The National Memorial to the Few is another site which is free to visit, the car park, shop and cafe are only open from March to October, but the site itself is open all year round and can be accessed on foot.

We had no idea what to expect but it was well worth a little excursion at the end of a day out.

National Memorial to the Few

The National Memorial to the Few celebrates the bravery of the men who fought during the Battle of Britain and is sited right on the cliff side at Capel-le-Ferne.  We visited on a rather dull and dreary October day, but on a sunny afternoon I bet the view is rather more wonderful.

National Memorial to the Few

The memorial itself features a pilot staring out to sea and there are three propeller blades cut into the cliff side, in white brickwork.

National Memorial to the Few

My photos don’t really do the overall effect justice, but I bet from the air it looks rather more impressive.

National Memorial to the Few

It was really quite poignant to stand by the pilot and think of those men, who helped to keep us safe from invasion.  The base of the memorial features the various badges of the squadrons who took part in the Battle of Britain.

National Memorial to the Few

Monkey was getting a little tired after a busy day, but that didn’t stop him wanting to have a good look round the replica aircraft on display.  Look Daddy!

National Memorial to the Few

The National Memorial to the Few includes the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall which lists all those who flew under RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.

National Memorial to the Few

We even found someone with the same surname as Daddy P – the family historian in me made sure I’d written the name down before we left (you never know!).  We showed Monkey the different planes that took part in the battle.  He’s seen Spitfires and Hurricane’s before and is becoming quite knowledgeable for a little boy!

You might remember this photo from a previous #bwphotoproject – the statue of Air Chief Marshall Sir Keith Park.

National Memorial to the Few

We were all in need of something to warm us up so we headed into the cafe for a cup of tea.  The team there were really friendly and we asked them about the new Wing Visitor Centre which was being built while we were there, and actually opens on Saturday 28th March 2015.  The new building looked amazing, even half built in October.  It will be shaped like the wing of a Spitfire and will open ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain later this year.

The Wing is not a museum but houses The Scramble Experience, a hands-on attraction that uses audio-visual effects, a video wall and other special techniques to show something of what it was like for the Few in the summer and early autumn of 1940.

The National Memorial to the Few is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area, and it’s somewhere we’ll revisit the next time we’re in Kent.

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18 thoughts on “National Memorial to the Few #CountryKids

  1. The statue of the lone pilot staring at the view is so moving. I definitely will make a detour when I take my kids to visit a friend in Folkestone this summer. Even though they’re young I think it’s important for them to visit places like this.

  2. Looks like a very impressive memorial and worth a visit. I have been to other Battle of Britain memorials but not this one. It’s important to teach our children about this aspect of history. #CountryKids

  3. Wow, what an interesting place to have visited, I bet it was quite poignant with the pilot sat in the middle staring out to sea. I love how they’ve designed it to look like a propeller. Monkey looks enthralled by it all, you can tell he’s enthusiastic about planes. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  4. Now that’s somewhere I’d like to go one day. It looks like a beautiful way to remember such an important part of our history and those who took part in it.

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