Seeking details on Harry

About 300 metres south-east of Camber Castle stands a clump of three oak trees which are said to have been planted as a memorial to a young Canadian pilot killed when his Hurricane crashed there during the Battle of Britain.

War records suggest that this must have been Harry Raymond Hamilton of 85 Squadron, whose aircraft was shot down in that area on August 29, 1940.

He was buried in Folkestone Cemetery. Is any reader able to supply more information about when the trees were planted and by whom?

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, on whose land the trees are situated, would like to mark this site in a way that would draw visitors’ attention to the sad occasion it commemorates.

If anyone can throw more light on this matter, please could they contact the reserve manager, Barry Yates on 01797 223862 or

Cliff Dean


Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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