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Our expert team at Dunkirk Memorial House provide nursing and personal care as well as short term respite care for the Armed Forces community and their families.

It is also one of six Royal British Legion care homes across the UK with a specialist dementia care unit.

Set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens near Taunton, Somerset, Dunkirk Memorial House has been designed to ensure residents and visitors feel as comfortable as possible, including spacious bedrooms plus relaxing lounge areas to sit and chat or enjoy the countryside views.

For more information about Dunkirk Memorial House or to arrange a visit, please call 01823 432407 or send an email and a member of our team will be in touch.

Dunkirk Memorial House key summary

Everything you need to help you decide if Dunkirk Memorial House is the right care home for you, including the care we offer and our fees.

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If you plan to move into our care home immediately or within the next 3 months, please complete our application form.

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There is a real community spirit at Dunkirk Memorial House.

Our team has created a friendly and fun environment where residents are able to continue their hobbies or even try out something new.

Activities include indoor skittles, arts and crafts, armchair exercise, a monthly lunch club and more! Plus there are regular day trips to nearby towns and tourist attractions.

The happiness and wellbeing of our residents drives our team and we’re proud to share that our care has been classified as ‘outstanding’ following a Care Quality Commission inspection in January 2019 and March 2021.

There is a real community spirit at Dunkirk Memorial House and friendships blossom through residents’ shared connections to the Armed Forces.

Address and contact


Dunkirk Memorial House, Bishops Lydeard,
Taunton, Somerset TA4 3BT

Telephone: 01823 432 407

Fax: 01823 433 083


Application process

Dunkirk Memorial House is available for ex-service personnel and their families.  If you are unsure whether you or someone close to you is eligible, please get in touch 01823 432 407 or via email.

We know that care home applications can feel daunting, but our team are on hand to support you every step of the way. To register your interest or find out more about Dunkirk Memorial House and the application process, please call 01823 432 404 or send an email.

If you plan to move into our care home immediately or within the next three months, you will need to complete an application form. Once your application has been received, a needs assessment will take place to help us assess your care needs. This may take place at home or we can also visit you in hospital; providing an opportunity for you to ask any further questions. Your application is dependent upon confirmation of eligibility and the outcome of your care needs assessment. If successful, we will confirm in writing and arrange the next steps, including your arrival date with you.

In some circumstances, we are also able to provide support for those under the age of 65 years seeking care or rehabilitation support. However, we recommend contacting your chosen care home for further information.

Key summary

There are many things to consider when deciding to move yourself, or a family member, into a care home. We've recently put together a key summary document of Dunkirk Memorial House to help you consider whether it's the right care home for you. 

The document provides useful details of the following and more: 

  • Type of care
  • Funding options and fees
  • Admission requirements
  • Trial period
  • Services
  • Staffing

Download our Dunkirk Memorial House key summary

Funding options

We accept:

  • Self-funding
  • Local authority funding
  • NHS continuing health care funding

Download our Dunkirk Memorial House key summary and guide to care home fees to find more about the fees and funding options.

Home features

  • Furnished room including bed, bedding, wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair, carpet, TV socket and landline phone socket
  • Six double rooms with en-suite facility including wash basin, toilet, shower and towels
  • Passenger lift
  • Wheelchair access
  • Minibus and other transport
  • Licensed bar / café on premises
  • Resident's kitchenette
  • Daily social and leisure activities with support to maintain hobbies
  • Resident’s internet access: WiFi for all users, shared computer and Skype facility
  • Open visiting; family and friends can also join or residents for a meal by booking in advance
  • Private chapel
  • Pets are welcome to visit

Our activities

Residents are encouraged to continue their hobbies, or even try out something new. For example, there is a monthly Luncheon Club, as well as visits to gardens and the coast.

We also have indoor skittles, art and craft classes, armchair exercise sessions, social evenings in the bar, games of scrabble and cards, and books to borrow.

We have several spacious lounges where residents can socialise or sit quietly and read. The home has a delightful Chapel with regular services, and a memorial garden for Remembrance services and quiet reflection.

We also often organise trips such as visiting a garden centre for an afternoon tea, The Queen’s Garden Party.

Who can stay?

Our homes are open to serving personnel, veterans and their dependents. We go the extra mile to make our residents feel as comfortable as possible – after all, it’s their home.

We’re dedicated to supporting not only serving and ex-serving personnel but the whole of the Armed Forces community, including dependants and carers. This includes serving personnel, or those who have previously served, who have received one day of pay and were aged 16 or over at the time of service.

Prior to admission, we require:

  1. our residents to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (“fully vaccinated” as defined in Government regulations and guidance for England) unless they are exempt and
  2.  where applicable, for proof of vaccination to be provided. If you cannot comply with this criteria prior to admission, please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances and your options.

We’ve purpose-built the house to give frail or disabled people access to the whole building. As well as the spacious lounges and beautiful gardens, there are plenty of places to sit and have a chat or enjoy the views over the Somerset countryside.

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More about Dunkirk Memorial House

Call our team on 01823 432 407 or download our brochure to find out more.

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