THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


In Dover Castle

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ST MARY

In loving memory of
Colonel George Morton Stevens, Royal Artillery
who died at Yelverton, Devon, on Nov 7th 1923, aged 75
also of his sons
Captain Reginald Walter Morton Stevens
(baptised in this church Jan 1877)
of the Royal Irish Rifles, Brigade Major
9th Infantry Brigade, who died Aug 26th 1914, aged 38
from wounds received at the battle of Le Cateau
and 2nd Lieut Lothian Basil Stevens, scholar of
Balliol College, Oxford, attached to the Cameronians,
who fell at Fromelles May 9th 1915, Aged 21
"I give unto them Eternal Life"
 

The panel left lists the original 29th Siege battery of the RGA with their fate (eg wounded, gassed, etc). It hasn't yet been transcribed, but if you'd like to confirm a name on it please contact us (quoting set 225/47) and we'll happily check for you.

Also checkable are a short biography of The Reverend Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC DSO MC, Chaplain to the King and to the Forces, who died from wounds on 18th October 1918, aged two days short of his 55th birthday, and, on the right, a record of the service between 1939 and 1944 of the 75th (Cinque Ports) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (Territorial Army) (set 225/59 and set 225/52 and 53 respectively).

The 75th (Cinque Ports) memorial plaque, above the record of service, is engraved in black on a sheet of polished brass approximately 24 inches wide by 16 inches high, which brass is mounted on a solid oak base. The text reads:

THE 75TH (CINQUE PORTS) HEAVY ANTI-AIRCRAFT REGIMENT,
ROYAL ARTILLERY (TERRITORIAL ARMY

This Regiment of Territorial Army Volunteers was recruited in South-East Kent
during 1938-9. It was embodied on 24th August 1939 and manned
the heavy anti-aircraft gun positions defending the vital Port of Dover.
It was reinforced during November 1939 by Gunners from other
 Territorial Army Regiments and in mid-1940 by some National Service men.
The Regiment was in continual action from May to November 1940
(including the Battle of Britain period), accounting for 92 hostile aircraft.

From the 11th Century onwards the men of the Cinque Ports played a key role in
the Naval Defence of Britain. Their successors in the changed conditions of the
20th Century played no less important a part.

This plaque was unveiled on 6th May 2006 by
Major General J. Milne, CB, Colonel Commandant, Royal Artillery

all pictures Simon John Chambers


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