Gravesend To Blyth Sands Isle Of Grain 6
Close to the Town Pier in St Andrews Gardens is a statue of Mahinder Singh Pujji who was a distinguished Royal Air Force fighter pilot and one of the first Indian Sikh pilots to volunteer with the RAF during the second world war. Erected in 2014 it commemorates the life of the squadron leader who survived several crashes and flew combat missions throughout the war in Britain, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Burma and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He lived and died in Gravesend in 2010 aged 92 and his statue is said to represent all those from across the world who fought for Britain in conflicts since 1914. It just amazes me that he did this all as a volunteer and how fitting that this magnificent statue sits in the spiritual home of the Sikhs in Britain, truly an amazing man.