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Wildfire stops at Memorial Cross in UK

As the UK sweated under an unusual heatwave in July, a wildfire raged through a farm field just north of Kent. But what stopped the fire left some people scratching their heads.

Christian Today reports that the fire stopped at the top edge of a large white cross carved into the ground which serves as a First World War memorial to the men of the nearby village who never returned. The names of those who died during World War II were then added to the stones inside the perimeter of the cross.

The cross known as “The Chalk Cross” is carved in chalk on the North Downs hill above the village of Lenham, according to War Memorials Online. It measures over 200 feet by 69 feet.

It was designed by the local superintendent, Mr CH Groom, and funded by public donations in 1922. The original memorial stone recording the names of those in the parish who died in the First and Second World Wars has been moved from the site of the cross towards Lenham Cemetery. in the village, according to the website.

Drone footage posted online by The Independent shows much of the ground scorched by fire. The flames appear to have stopped in the upper left corner of the cross, but the cross remained intact.

Parish councilor Mike Cockett, speaking in 2017 after the cross was officially registered as a war memorial by Historic England, said it was “still one of the first places we show visitors”, according to Christian Today.

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