BE2 in flight


Commemorative bench to remember volunteer Paul Scoging


A new memorial bench has been contributed to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, to give dedication to former volunteer Paul Scoging who sadly passed away from cancer on 12th June 2016.

Donated by Paul’s wife Val, their sons and close family, the bench arrived last week and with respect was carried by volunteers Albert and Mike 1 to take pride of place in front of the Pilots Ready Room, where it now offers a restful place for visitors to watch the Airfield.

Fellow volunteers from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome carry the new bench in memory of Paul Scoging into position outside the Pilot's Ready Room

Paul, who retired early from work as a chartered builder and a member of the Chartered Institute of Builders (MCIOB), was an active person who was very happy being part of the volunteering team at Stow Maries and enjoyed keeping the grass under control!

The commemorative bench for Paul outside the Pilot's Ready Room at our Essex WW1 aerodrome museum

He built the access chambers for the drains on site and helped to build the 'One and a Half Strutter' flying simulator – which is now a very popular attraction in the Main Museum. Paul can be seen smiling in the photo inside the back page of the current Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Guide Book - on the far right hand side.

Paul worked as a volunteer at out World War 1 museum in Essex

The inscription on the bench reads:

In Loving Memory of
Paul Scoging
Forever in our Hearts
1957 - 2016

Close up of the inscription on the commemorative bench in memory of Paul Scoging, a much loved volunteer at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Maldon, Essex

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