Wednesday 16th September

Swindon Remembers The Few.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” – Sir Winston Churchill

Swindon Remembers The Few.

Yesterday marked the culmination of a week’s worth of activities and months of planning to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. And celebrating Swindon’s own Battle of Britain hero: Harold Morley Starr I’m super proud to share a birthday, the 8th of September, with Harold Morley Starr.

I was fortunate to get an invitation to attend the ceremony and flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Radnor Street cemetery yesterday. An honour and privilege to do so. This was such an amazing experience. And Radnor Street cemetery is a special place – it has numerous Commonwealth war graves.

Here’s a few of my photos to give you a flavour:

The rain held off for the proceedings – most fortuitous though the flypast did have a delay of a couple of hours due to inclement weather at its starting point at Goodwood. But at least it happened – albeit late. So hurrah for that as it would have been a crushing disappointment for it not to have happened at all.

Read about The Few here: http://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1940-the-finest-hour/the-fewAn extract follows below:

‘On August 15, the crisis of the battle of Britain was reached. All the resources of Fighter Command in the South were used. The most difficult and dangerous period of the Battle of Britain was between August 24 and September 6, when the German attack was directed against the R.A.F airfields in the South of England with considerable success. In this speech Churchill coined the phrase “The Few” to describe the R.A.F fighter-pilots. The phrase stuck. The final sentence of this speech, including the use of the word “benignant,” is a good example of Churchill’s choice of unexpected and assertive adjectives to make a phrase memorable.’

Finally, a poem by William Walker:

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