As a school boy I knew the name reading story's about the First World War and the Sopwith Camel but never knew he lived near Kings Somborne. I had been taking photos of the church and noticed this huge stained glass window. The inscription to the left said "Twice his foresite saved this nation in time of danger" the name I recognized and I knew of the plane in the first war but what was the second time he saved the nation. It was not until I looked into it I found he Started the Hawker company with Harry Hawker which made the Hawker Hurricane that was a part of the Battle of Britain it was one of the planes which save the country.
|The memorial window that piqued my interest|
The wording got me thinking as I knew the name but did not connect who to start with.
After reading this information on the window I found out where Tommy Sopwith was buried.
After a three mile walk to Little Somborne I found his grave at the east end of the old church there along side that of his wife.