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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.

Ceremony to mark Battle of the Somme centenary

Soldiers on the Somme

23 June 2016

A ceremony is to mark 100 years since the start of one of the most costly battles of the First World War.

Tin hats on as castle relives the 1940s

The Home Front weekend runs this Saturday and Sunday

22 June 2016

Take a trip back in time to the Home Front at Hever Castle this weekend.

Why Kent was the subject of the first Ordnance Survey map

A section of the first Ordnance Survey map, covering Kent

21 June 2016

Ordnance Survey is 225 years old today, and Kent was the very first county the company mapped - this is why.


Armed Forces Day celebrations come to Kent

20 June 2016

Armed Forces Day takes place this Saturday, with celebrations taking place throughout the week running up to the event.

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