Captain Alexander Bruce Kynoch

Captain Alexander Bruce Kynoch

In Rawreth/Shotgate, just outside of Wickford lies a war memorial that stands as a tribute to Captain Alexander Bruce Kynoch, a valiant pilot who met his untimely end in a tragic collision with another plane while on a combat patrol.

As Kaz and I found ourselves with an unexpected free evening, we decided to embark on a journey to locate the war memorial at Dollymans Farm, where Captain Kynoch’s name is etched in remembrance.

The reports of his death on 8th March 1918 conflicted with the date inscribed on the memorial, which read 7th March 1918, adding a layer of mystery to our quest.

Traversing through the vast expanse of farm land, we were guided by a sense of reverence and curiosity, eager to pay our respects to a fallen hero whose bravery and sacrifice should never be forgotten.

The trek was challenging, but our determination led us to the memorial that stood as a silent sentinel to the past.

Standing before the war memorial, we took a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of Captain Alexander Bruce Kynoch, a man who gave his all in service to his country.

The discrepancy in dates only served to deepen our appreciation for the complexities of history and the importance of preserving the memories of those who came before us.

As we made our way back, the setting sun cast a golden hue over the fields, reminding us of the fleeting nature of life and the enduring impact of those who leave a mark on the world.

Captain Kynoch may have departed this earth long ago, but his spirit lives on in the hearts of those who remember his sacrifice.

We found solace in our journey to honour a hero, and in doing so, we paid tribute to all those who have given their lives in the name of duty and honour.

May Captain Alexander Bruce Kynoch rest in peace, knowing that his memory will forever be cherished in the annals of history.

And so, as the day drew to a close, we left the war memorial behind, carrying with us the weight of remembrance and the light of gratitude for those who have gone before us.

In the quiet countryside of Rawreth/Shotgate, the echoes of the past lingered, whispering tales of courage and sacrifice that will never be forgotten.

We have tried to find the location several times in the past, but with no joy, and even though there are articles online about we never found they were accurate enough. So if you would like to find the memorial for yourselves, we suggest downloading an app called “What Three Words” and enter theses three words “RELATING. ARCHIVES.SCREEN” which should take you straight there

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