Sir Oliver attended the unveiling of a memorial for Peter Mildren who fought in his Spitfire in the Battle of Britain and survived, only to be shot down over France in 1941 and killed. He was the only resident of Westmill Parish to be killed in action in WWII, and no memorial in his honour was put up in the village at the time. He no longer has any close blood relatives, so the congregation of St Mary the Virgin Church (which contains a memorial to its WWI dead), took it upon themselves to install a WWII war memorial with Peter’s name on it.
The new war memorial was unveiled at a dedication service at St. Mary the Virgin, Westmill, Hertfordshire, SG9 9LJ on Saturday 31st August 2019.
Photograph courtesy of Alan Millard