A memorial to a wartime hero and England cricketing legend has been unveiled near the spot where his aircraft crashed in Chipping Warden.
The plaque commemorates Kenneth Farnes who died aged 30 in 1941 when his bomber aircraft crashed just moments into his first unsupervised night flight from Chipping Warden airfield.
The tribute was organised by Friends of the Peter Edwards Museum and Library based at the Essex County Cricket Ground and Chipping Warden Parish Council, and unveiled at a special memorial service on October 20.
It has been placed at Hogg End in the village.
Lorraine Stanley, clerk to the parish council, said the idea came about when a memorial to another wartime pilot was unveiled in a local park and enthusiasts began to research other air crashes in the area.
She said: “There were quite a few crashes around here and the parish council is very pleased to be playing a part in commemorating those who died. It’s very important the younger generation in particular know about the sacrifices people made in the war.”
Mr Farnes was one of Essex’s greatest fast bowlers making full use of his height (he was well over six feet tall) to bowl from a very short run.
His career spanned the 1930s and he took 685 wickets. He played 79 games for Essex and 15 for England during which he took 60 wickets.
Although in 1940 he was aged 29 and too old to be subject to compulsory call up, Mr Farnes volunteered to serve as a night flyer.
On October 20, 1941, shortly after take off, his aircraft clipped the roof of cottages at Hogg End and crash landed nearby.
Donations from the Peter Edwards Museum and Library paid for the plaque and the dedication ceremony.
Representatives of Essex Cricket Club, the parish council and villagers attended the unveiling.