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Stow Maries Memorial

Stow Maries Aerodrome passed another landmark with the dedication of its new memorial on Friday 17th December

The solid granite memorial is carved in the shaped of a WW1 hangar and displays the names of those pilots and aircrew lost during 37 Squadrons occupation of the three Essex Aerodromes at Rochford, Stow Maries and Goldhanger between 1916 and 1919. It also remembers all the men and women of the Squadron who served in defence of this country against the air raids of the Great War.

The dignatories attending included Maldon MP John Whittingdale, The commanding officer of RAF Honnington, Group Captain A. Hall, Chairman of Maldon District Council, Councillor Robert Long, District Councillors and the Mayor. The dedication was performed by the Padre from RAF Honnington. The station also provided a bugler for the occasion. After the wreath laying ceremony guests were shown around the site by owner Mr Russell Savory.

Mr Savory said afterwards " I am deeply moved by the interest and help from the RAF. It means a lot to have them represented at such a high level. I hope this will be a long lasting association. I am very gratefull for the support for the project from our MP Mr Whittingdale and all of our district and parish councillors. We hope that the memorial is a fitting one for the people it represents."

The site is now open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. It will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day plus New Years Day.

Article posted: 20/12/2010

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