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RAF hero, 93, finally gets to fly in a Spitfire

Bill Kingman in the cockpit

14 October 2016

Bill Kingman's brother was a Second World War fighter pilot but, despite his own acts of heroism, Bill never got to fly in a Spitfire. Until now.


Homes evacuated after hand grenade discovered

A stock image of a hand grenade

07 October 2016

Police have closed a road and several homes have been evacuated following the discovery of a hand grenade.


MoD admits fatal breach in soldier's death on firing range

Fusilier Dean Griffiths, from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, died on Lydd Ranges after being shot during training exercise. Picture: MoD

29 September 2016

The Ministry of Defence - exempt from prosecution - has been given a Crown Censure over a training exercise tragedy.


PTSD led to three suicide attempts for Afghan vet

Dean Upson pictured during his 14-year army career

31 August 2016

The horrors he saw diffusing bombs in Afghanistan took its toll on Royal Engineer Dean Upson - but he has finally found a way to cope with PTSD.

Kent man passes army fitness test

27 August 2016

When Tom Hardiman set his sights on joining the army, he knew he'd have to work hard to improve his fitness

Three rescued in coastguard drama

This picture of the rescue operation was taken by Maddy Chapman

20 August 2016

The coastguard helicopter has rescued three people thought to have become stranded at a derelict fortress.

Cadets take on Challenge 22

The Gravesend Air Cadets 402 squadron are taking part in Challenge 22.

10 August 2016

Squadrons are taking on a new press-up challenge to raise awareness for soldiers who take their own lives.

Plans submitted for memorial to honour war dead

At least 79 soldiers from Greenhithe lost their lives during the First World War. Picture: PA First World War collection

31 July 2016

More than 100 people who died in the First and Second World Wars will finally be honoured with a memorial.


New streets to be named after town's fallen

Royal British Legion members, Stanley Goodsall, Neil Beaven and Bill Chantler at Tenterden War Memorial

26 July 2016

Streets on a new housing development could be named after the town's fallen soldiers now a house builder has had a change of heart.


Log-run Bandits dig deep for battle-scarred veterans

Fundraising runners the Pilgrim Bandits, in white shirts, at the end of their run from Strood to Gordon Promenade, Gravesend, with supporters and veterans. Veterans Philip Hubert, of Royal Navy Landing Craft, left, and Joe Hoadley, 49th Reconnaissance Corps.

17 July 2016

A team of soldiers ran miles carrying a 200lb log to raise money for soldiers wounded at war.

How Kent shaped David Cameron's premiership

Chief executive of Shepherd Neame Jonathan Neame with Prime Minister David Cameron and Faversham MP Helen Whately in Faversham today.

13 July 2016

Kent played a significant part in the fortunes of David Cameron over his six years as Prime Minister. Political Editor Paul Francis looks at his term.


Ex-Labour MP: 'Iraq harm still being felt'

Former Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Derek Wyatt

06 July 2016

A former Kent Labour MP who opposed the Iraq war has said he doesn't know why Blair backed President Bush.


Police called to bomb scare

Police at the scene

05 July 2016

Police and Ministry of Defence bomb disposal experts were called after a suspected wartime explosive was discovered.


Poignant march for the Battle of the Somme

First World War re-enactors march through Dover to commemorate the Somme.

03 July 2016

Men in First World War uniform march through a town centre to commemorate the Somme.


Kent marks Battle of the Somme centenary

British machine gunners wearing gas masks in the Battle of the Somme.

01 July 2016

It is known as the blackest day in Britain's military history, when 60,000 men were killed or wounded in a single, bloody day.


Fundraiser's walk in memory of Somme ancestor

Somme soldier Pte Ernest Holwell , an ancestor or Jon Gater.

01 July 2016

A descendant of a Battle of the Somme warrior is taking on a charity walk.


Plight of modern veterans highlighted on Somme anniversary

Stark - image portraying the suffering of soldiers after war.

30 June 2016

Stark images of showing the suffering of veterans will be projected on Dover's cliffs on the Battle of the Somme centenary.

Gravesend honours brave airmen who fought Nazis from town's airfield

Flt Lt Chris Haywood salutes in the silence for those killed whilst serving at RAF Gravesend

27 June 2016

It might now be a housing estate, but the part that Gravesend Airfield played in the war will never be forgotten as a memorial is unveiled.


Weather closes Armed Forces Day

Hero Bear poses for a picture

25 June 2016

Despite a sunny morning, Medway's Armed Forces Day has been forced to shut early because of the weather.

Flags raised in support of armed forces

Flags flew on Community Square on in support of Armed Forces Day, last year

25 June 2016

It's Armed Forces Day today so join in the festivities and show them your support.

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