Flt. Sgt. Charles Sydney RAF Memorial
2017 MEMORIAL EVENT: The Friends of Flight Sergeant Charles Sydney have agreed the 2017 Memorial event will be held on Saturday 23 September at 11am. The Revd Jonny Blair of St. Mary’s and St. John’s Church Walton-on-Thames will lead the service and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Shweta Kapadia will attend to lay to lay a wreath. The memorial is location on Station Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, walking towards Halfway from the railway station.
BACKGROUND: In 2000 Elmbridge Council placed a memorial to Flt. Sgt, Charles Sydney whose Spitfire was shot down down on 27th September 1940 over Station Avenue during the Battle of Britain.
After the memorial was vandalised in 2010, volunteers and Councillors decided to form ‘The Friends of Charles Sydney RAF’ and to hold a short memorial service every year for all those lost in conflict on or around the September anniversary.
Since then the group of volunteers have created the small area for ‘quiet reflection’ together with a dedicated bench and flower bowers handmade by a local volunteer.