Kent

Maidstone statue to honour 36 Engineer Regiment

Parade in Maidstone
Image caption Soldiers from the 36 Engineer Regiment paraded through Maidstone last year

A statue is to be erected in Kent as a tribute to service personnel who have died in Afghanistan.

The 6ft-tall bronze soldier will be unveiled later this year in Brenchley Gardens, Maidstone, in honour of 36 Engineer Regiment.

The town is home to the soldiers, who are based at Invicta Park Barracks. The statue is being paid for by local donations.

A scaled down model of the statue is on view in Maidstone Museum.

The regiment has lost six of its men in Afghanistan since 2007.

Lt Col Simon Hulme, commanding officer of 36 Engineer Regiment, said the statue depicts a soldier having just returned from patrol, standing on a rock and carrying equipment.

"I'm very moved that the town's population and the local council wish to do something of this nature."

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