RBL Dunkirk Memorial House - Day 2

A care home exclusively for the Armed Forces community.

Situated in the rural county of Somerset, Dunkirk Memorial House is close to the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, and several beaches, and not far from the bustling town of Taunton. The residents’ shared experiences in the Armed Forces create a truly unique and supportive community, where everyone looks out for one another.

For more information about Dunkirk Memorial House or to arrange a visit, please call 01823 432 407 or send an email and a member of our team will be in touch.


RBL Dunkirk Memorial House Anne Lewin

Welcome from Anne

“There’s a shared bond at Dunkirk Memorial House because of the service connection, which means there’s a real sense of team spirit. Everyone looks out for each other, and we do everything we can to make those who have given so much to our country feel completely at home.” 

“We’re hugely proud of our very special Dementia Mews where we focus on the emotional needs of our residents, stimulating memory through a variety of prompts like Victorian-style interiors.” 

“Our Wellbeing Team is at the heart of the home and enjoy seeing our residents getting involved in hobbies they already love – and some new ones too. This includes art and craft classes, flower arranging, gin tasting, card games and trips out to the local towns.” 

Anne Lewin, Dunkirk Memorial House Manager

Welcome home

Thank you for taking an interest in Dunkirk Memorial House. You can find out more by taking the video tour below – so, come on in and make yourself at home.

Watch the Dunkirk Memorial House video tour

A care home exclusively for the Armed Forces community

Read our brochure to find out more about Dunkirk Memorial House.
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Apply to Dunkirk Memorial House

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

  • Furnished room including bed, bedding, wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair, carpet, TV socket and landline phone socket 

  • 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 

  • Shared computer with internet access for resident general use 

  • Wi-Fi and Skype facilities are available to all residents 

  • Open visiting hours: family and friends can also join our 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 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. 

Who can stay?

We provide short and long-term care for serving personnel, veterans, and their dependants. 

We have a community of men and women of varied ages and abilities. 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.

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. 

Find out more about eligibility

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 out more about the fees and funding options.


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 on 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 to find out more about Dunkirk Memorial House and the application process, please call 01823 432 407 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. 


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Contact us

  • Address: Dunkirk Memorial House, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3BT 

RBL Dunkirk Memorial House Day 1
Such a warm and welcoming environment from the moment you come through the front door Fiona, daughter of Dunkirk Memorial House resident
RBL Dunkirk Memorial House Day 1

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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