Civilian Service of
Remembrance and Thanksgiving - 2007

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One of the civilian casualties we remembered at the service was little Freddie Spinner. He now lies in St Mary's cemetery, buried with his father who died seven years before him.

Their grave was unmarked. Freddie's school-friends, John Cork and Edward Kelly, and his niece, Jan Vickery, decided to erect a new headstone.


John Cork

The headstone was dedicated immediately after the service at St Mary's, with the Reverend David Ridley officiating.

 John and Jan both spoke at the graveside.

"We are here to pay our respects at the final resting place of Freddie and his father," said John

"We are proud," said Jan, "to know that my uncle Freddie has been remembered all these years." .

Jan Vickery


Together, they unveiled the headstone


There was an audible murmur of appreciation when the headstone was revealed


Last Post


flowers Bob MarkhamThe Last Post was sounded by Town Sergeant, Bryan Walker. Our Mayor, Cllr Bob Markham, then led the laying of the floral tributes.

"Dover is like a big family," said the Mayor. "They never forget their own."

Dover, frontline town, knows well the costs of war. The memories are all around.

"Let us never forget," said the Mayor, "how many lost their lives that we might live in peace."

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all photos Simon Chambers

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