A Memorial for Squadron Leader Downing
On the 23rd of December Squadron Leader Anthony Downing passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as a result of injuries he had received in Afghanistan. Raised in Kingsdown Anthony now lies in the churchyard of our village; many will remember the extraordinary number of people that attended his funeral and the flypast as a mark of respect by a Hercules aircraft of the Royal Air Force. I did not know Anthony but stood with many others that day to pay my respects and show my gratitude to this young man who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the service our country.
To mark Anthony’s passing Kingsdown Conservation Group have agreed to plant a Holm Oak in the village in his memory. It is believed the cost will be about £400 with a plaque. Therefore donations are invited to support the cost of this memorial and they should be sent to either Philip Evemy at the Gate house, Upper Street, Kingsdown, CT14 8EU or in the Kingsdown Conservation Group box in the Post Office. Cheques should be made out to Kingsdown Conservation Group, care of Chris Price.
Amongst the many who have fallen on active service in Afghanistan Squadron Leader Downing was clearly an exceptional officer and I would commend you to read his obituary on the Ministry of Defence web site
Kingsdown Conservation Group.
DOWNING OAK MEMORIAL
The dedication service just before Christmas was a truly heart-warming experience when some 40 villagers stood together in the driving rain to participate in a moving service led by the Reverend Cathy Sigrist. In thanking all those who braved the elements, Michael, Masheeda and David Downing said that the oak tree, its location and the communal support they had received were all greatly appreciated.