|Cliffe, St. Helen Churchyard|
Also known as: Saint Helen Churchyard, Saint Helens Churchyard
Medway Unitary Authority
Postal Code: ME3 7QE
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Cliffe (sometimes known as Cliffe-at-Hoo) is a village on the Hoo Peninsula in North Kent, England and is reached by a three-mile journey along the B2000. Situated upon a low chalk escarpment it overlooks the Cliffe Marshes and the River Thames beyond.
In 774 Offa, King of Mercia, built a rustic wooden church dedicated to St Helen, a popular Mercian saint who was by legend the daughter of Coel ('Old king Cole') of Colchester, Essex.
Cliffe is cited in early records as having been called Clive and Cloveshoo (Cliffe-at-Hoo).
During WWII a Stirling Bomber (W-7628-OJ-P)of 149 Squadron crashed on the village - 24th October 1942 and a memorial in the churchyard lists all those RAFVR and RCAF men killed and the Civilian casualty, Lilian May McPherson
Also, during that war there was a prisoner-of-war camp in the locality. The churchyard contains war graves of both world wars. The 1914-1918 graves number four. The 1939-1945 War burials comprise two soldiers belonging to the forces of the United Kingdom and one member of the Home Guard, making a total of three.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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