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Lenham Cemetery
Maidstone Borough
Kent  England

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Lenham is a market village in Kent situated on the southern edge of the North Downs, halfway between Maidstone and Ashford. It is also the source of the River Len, which flows in a westerly direction to join the River Medway at Maidstone. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Lenham market dates back to 1088, when the village was an important crossroad settlement. Technically the fact that Lenham is allowed a market, makes it a town but the community have always desired to maintain its village status.The Pilgrims' Way/North Downs Way passes just to the north of Lenham, higher up on the 'downs' and it features a war memorial in the form of a 200-foot chalk cross carved into the scarp slope of the downs. First constructed in 1922, to remember those who fell in the Great War, and fully restored in 1994, the cross now commemorates the dead of both world wars. To avoid its use as a navigation aid by the Luftwaffe, the cross was filled in between 1939 and May 1945.Lenham Cemetery contains 36 First World War burials, almost all of them made from the Canadian Special Hospital which was established in Lenham at the time. Most of the graves are in a special war plot. Of the 49 Second World War burials, 46 are of R.E.M.E. personnel of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade workshop stationed between Lenham and Charing who were killed by a flying bomb on 24 June 1944. They lie together in another war graves plot. The remaining graves, together with that of a German airman, are in a small group in Section B.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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Lenham Cemetery
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