Postal Code: CT18 7AG
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Formerly known as Folkestone New Cemetery, Hawkinge is now the main cemetery for the Shepway area. It is close to the site of an aerodrome of great strategic importance in WW2 which was used as a refuelling base for operations in France and the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940. The aerodrome was a fighter squadron base, and was so badly damaged by German bombing and machine guns that it had to be abandoned for a while after the Battle of Britain. Because of the closeness of the cemetery to the airfield, there are 95 graves of British and Allied servicemen, mostly airmen, of whom about a quarter were killed during the Battle of Britain. There are 59 German war graves in a group at the south east corner.
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