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This is the second draft of a map to show the locations where civilians were killed in Dover. All locations are approximate; the map will be continually revised and refined as new information becomes available. The extra locations spots in the lower left of the map are casualties for whom we cannot yet find the places of their deaths. A number of civilians died at the casualty hospital, after sustaining serious injuries. We have located their deaths at the place where those injuries occurred, rather than at the hospital.

The original map was created by the artist Helena, to whom we offer very grateful thanks for her many hours of research and design; the current coloured additions are Maggie's. The original is large; it's online only in its small version at the moment; online soon will be larger-scale sections.

We hope you will find this draft interesting. If you have any information, or comments about the map, please do contact us - we love to hear from you.

On 3 June 1949, in the first of a series of articles on "The Story of Hellfire Corner", the Dover Express made the following notes:

Many people remained in Dover throughout the war .... The population was at its lowest in the last months of 1940, when it fell to 15,000 from the pre-war figure of 40,000. Thereafter there was a gradual drift back to Dover, in spit o the fact that, if anything, conditions generally deteriorated.

Some towns suffered more damage and heavier casualties, but Dover's lot was the harder because she had to face, almost alone, those long-range enemy guns. While other towns could generally rely on fairly early warning of impending air raids, enemy planes could be over Dover within four minutes of leaving the French coast, while shells fired from the French cliffs landed in Dover within a minute and frequently exploded in the town before any warning could be given. This made for a continuous state of suspense which others did not experience.

In later years, the funerals continued even during shelling.

The Dover Express on 6 and 13 October 1944 published these shell and bomb figures:

Town Alerts Shelling Bombing Shells Bombs Flying Bombs Parachute Mines Incendiaries
Dover 3034 187 2847 2226 464 3 2 100s
Folkestone 2913 96 2818 219 523 19    
Deal       120 173   2  
Ramsgate       shelled 7 times (42 shells?) 692     331
Broadstairs       2 278 2    
Canterbury 2477       445 H.E.s     more than 10,000
Margate 2463 86   2 595   5 2198
Dover Rural       686 (mainly St Margaret's) and 100s bursting in the air or falling into the sea 389, 40 unexploded 21    

Civilians (not inclusive of service personnel) Dover Folkestone Deal Ramsgate Canterbury Margate Broadstairs St Margaret's
Killed by shells 107 28   10        
Seriously injured by shells 200 200            
Slightly injured by shells 221            
Killed by bombs 109 61     115      
Seriously injured by bombs 144 349     140      
Slightly injured by bombs 195     240      
Killed by shells or bombs     54 84   35 7  
Injured by shells or bombs     270 262   seriously 43, slightly 201 49  
Houses damaged       373 destroyed, damaged 8891 731 demolished, 954 seriously
damaged, 5691 damaged
238 destroyed, seriously damaged 541, 8391 damaged 17 destroyed, 3238 damaged 1864, 136 badly
Craters               580


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