Our Wall

A poem read by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend John Emmott.
Battle of Britain pilot, Flt Lt William Walker, wrote his poem “Our Wall”, in memory of those who lost their lives in the Battle. It is inscribed on the wall at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone.

‘Here inscribed the names of friends we knew,
Young men with whom we often flew.
Scrambled to many angels high,
They knew that they or friends might die.
Many were very scarcely trained,
And many badly burnt or maimed.
Behind each name a story lies
Of bravery in summer skies;
Though many brave unwritten tales
Were simply told in vapour trails.
Many now lie in sacred graves
And many rest beneath the waves.
Outnumbered every day they flew,
Remembered here as just ‘The Few’.

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