08 Jun 2016

Farewell to another of the Few

Another of the few remaining Battle of Britain heroes, Flt Lt Keith Lawrence, passed away just before midnight on Thursday 2 June. He was 96.

Flt Lt Lawrence was a great supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and a regular visitor to the site at Capel-le-Ferne on Memorial Day.

Up until about four years ago he was also an active member of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, the organisation only the Few are invited to join.

Born in Waitara, New Zealand, on 25 November, 1919, Flt Lt Lawrence joined the Civil Reserve of Pilots in February 1938 and then applied for a short service commission in the RAF, leaving for England early in 1939.

He joined No 234 Squadron on 6 November before qualifying as an Air Navigator 2nd class and rejoining his squadron at the end of June.

After a successful spell in which he shared in the destruction of a Ju88, damaged another Junkers and a Bf110, claimed a BF109 destroyed and damaged a Do17, he was posted to No 603 Squadron at Hornchurch, claiming a Bf109 destroyed and… Read more

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25 May 2016

High flyers make ground level visit

VIP guests with a special interest in the National Memorial to… Read more

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15 May 2016

Our most impressive award to date

Another award for The Wing – and this time it’s the big one! Our visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne, designed for us by Kent architects Godden Allen Lawn, has won the tourism… Read more

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12 May 2016

Looking forward to Memorial Day

Our most important event of the year is Memorial Day, when we hold a commemorative parade and service to mark the enormous sacrifices made by the Few. This year’s event… Read more

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12 May 2016

Another award for high flying site

As staff and volunteers gear up for what looks set to be another busy summer at the Battle of Britain Memorial, the Trust is celebrating another major award. The site at Capel-le-Ferne,… Read more

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28 Mar 2016

Sad loss of another one of ‘the Few’

Always a popular figure at Trust events, Squadron Leader Tony Pickering, a veteran of the Battle of Britain, has died at the age of 95. Sqn Ldr Pickering, who was presented to… Read more

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24 Mar 2016

Don’t miss this unique opportunity

Tickets are in short supply for the second of a series of talks being held in the new Wing building at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. Top historian and management… Read more

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18 Feb 2016

Wing Closure Thursday 25 Feb

The Wing, including The Scramble Experience, will be closed on Thursday 25 February to allow the Trust to prepare for a fund-raising dinner in the new building. This is an important… Read more

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20 Jan 2016

Flypast planned for 5 March

Visitors to the National Memorial to the Few on Saturday 5 March will enjoy the added attraction of a Spitfire flying over the site, thanks to our friends at the Biggin Hill Heritage… Read more

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