The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Dover
In those dark
days of war, as we have heard, so many from around the world
stood steadfast, fought selflessly, heroically, and indeed paid
the highest price. We in this small town of Dover pay
homage and give our most grateful thanks.
From these most
terrible times in our history such strong connections and
friendships were born, and have continued in mutual admiration
and respect for decades.
emigrated to Canada at the turn of the last century, and
returned to fight in the Great War. Many served with their
brothers-in-arms in the Canadian Forces. Indeed, there are
fourteen names on our war memorial of some of those who died
whilst serving with the Canadian Forces.
In the Second
World War many of our airmen flew and were lost with Royal
Canadian Air Force men. Four Canadians died with our casualty,
Air Gunner Cyril Coe, in May 1944.
We have heard
of a message from a Brigadier from one of the Canadian Infantry
Brigades, announcing the news, "We have all of Jerry's Big
Berthas". The Mayor of Dover, Jimmy Cairns, said at the time,
"It is a great relief to hear that the enemy's Cross Channel
guns have been captured and that the threat of further
bombardments of the town have been removed. Dover has had a
rough time for the last four years, and in particular during the
last month, when a very great number of shells have fallen on
the town, which has suffered a lot of damage. The people of
Dover have stood up to their ordeal magnificently, and are full
of gratitude and admiration for the gallant and successful
manner in which the Canadians have captured the guns which have,
for so long, been a menace to this part of the coast."
Secretary to the Minister of Home Security, Miss Ellen
Wilkinson, remarked at that time, "We have talked about martyred
Malta and given her the George Cross, but Dover is not a town to
be taken for granted ... Dover is the martyr town of Britain".
Indeed there is still to this day a campaign to get the George
Cross for Dover. This was first mooted by The Lord Mayor of
London in 1944.
this Mayor of Dover, "I bid you remember what you have heard
here today. Remain steadfast in your friendships and respect of
our brothers-in-arms, and pray peace reigns supreme.
photo: Michael Munn
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