Civilian Service of
Remembrance and Thanksgiving - 2007
THE DEDICATION OF THE
you to everyone for being here at the dedication of the
headstone for my uncle Freddie Spinner, and also for his father,
my grandfather, after whom Freddie was named.
was the youngest of three children. He was 9 when he died at
Dover Priory Station in 1944. His older brother, Gordon, my
father, was 20 when Freddie died. Freddy’s older sister, Dora,
was married to Sid Embley, a sergeant in the RAF.
with Freddie when he died. They had just stepped off a train
coming in from London when the shell exploded. Freddie was killed
instantly, and Dora was injured and taken to hospital. She was
unable to attend Freddie’s funeral.
very little left from the family, and we don’t have a photograph
of Freddie. But we are proud to know that my Uncle Freddie has
been remembered all these years; never forgotten by his boyhood
friends. I would like to thank especially John Cork and Ted
Kelly (who unfortunately cannot be here today) for helping erect
this headstone, and Mrs Dorne Easton, who helped find Freddie’s
grave. She remembers Freddie as a little boy with curly hair.
I am so
glad Freddie, and my grandfather, now have a properly marked
I would like to thank the Dover War Memorial Project, Dover Town
Council, and Dover District Council who helped make this
all photos Simon Chambers