The book was created by Mr A F Adams, a
Vice-President of the Old Boys' association, and is bound in a blue
cover with a lily, the emblem of the school, on the front. A fund of
£50 was raised for the book, donated by Old Boys from around the
The lists are now contained in the
Mary's Book of Remembrance, held in St Mary's church, Cannon Street
with thanks to the Kent
Family History Society (KFHS) for permission to use the transcriptions
made by members and published in
"The Parish Church of St Mary's, Dover; Interior Memorial
Inscriptions Recorded between 1991 and May 2000
with thanks to Kathleen Hollingsbee
Programme of the Dedication
We have a copy of the programme from 15 May
1955, the date the St Mary's book was dedicated. This was very
kindly donated by the estate of Mr Arthur Wells.
Mr Wells was secretary of the Old Boys'
Association, and acted as sidesman on the occasion of the
dedication. His duties included processing with the President of the
Association to lay the book on the altar at the beginning of the
service, and remaining in attendance there during the ceremony
of dedication, which included the words:.
"In the faith of Jesus Christ we dedicate this
Book of Remembrance to the Glory of God and in memory of the Old
Boys of St Mary's School, who gave their lives for their country in
the war, 1939-45, and whose names are inscribed herein: in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen"
He had also responded to the Toast at the
previous night's Old Boys' Reunion dinner.
The year before, on 6th February 1954, Mr Wells
was one of the linesmen for the famed match between Tottenham
Hotspur and Dover Football Club. The referee was F Constable, and
the other linesman was E Peacock. The teams were as follow:
Hollowbread (in goal), Hopkins, Baker, Woods, King, Walley,
Hutchinson, Stokes, McCullan, Brooks, Owen
Broadbent (in goal), Freeman, Heath, Anderson, Millbank, Parfitt,
Dougall, Allum, Day, Daly, Muir
grateful thanks to John Wells
Should you require further information on the contents of the
Dedication Programme, please
quoting Set 415, also Set 496/143-147