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

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

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

Homes evacuated after hand grenade discovered

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

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

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

PTSD led to three suicide attempts for Afghan vet

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

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

Three rescued in coastguard drama

20 August 2016

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

Cadets take on Challenge 22

Cadets take on 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

Plans submitted for memorial to honour war dead

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

New streets to be named after town's fallen

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

 Log-run Bandits dig deep for battle-scarred veterans

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

How Kent shaped David Cameron's premiership

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'

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

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 called to bomb scare

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

Poignant march for the Battle of 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

Kent marks Battle of the Somme centenary

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

Fundraiser's walk in memory of Somme ancestor

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

Plight of modern veterans highlighted on Somme anniversary

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

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

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

Weather closes Armed Forces Day

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 raised in support of armed forces

25 June 2016

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

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