Dedication of New Plaque 2009
11 NOVEMBER 2009
Our War Memorial is now in the care of Dover Town Council. As
well as refurbishing the paving, lighting, and gardens, they
have undertaken to update every three years the Memorial with
names of the Fallen requested by relatives and friends. The
Memorial was updated twice in the 1990s while under the care of
the District Council; the first of the new updates was dedicated
on Armistice Day, 11 November 2009.
The service was conducted by the Mayor's Chaplain, the Reverend
"Welcome to this service of dedication for the new plaque on our
Town Memorial ... There are 22 new names on the new plaque: all
of them gave their lives in the service of their country and for
"We take this opportunity to remember them and
acknowledge their sacrifice. This is also a time to offer solace
to their families and friends, who mourn their loss, and who
have kept the memory of their loved ones close to their hearts and
Many are here this morning, and it is by their request that
these names have been inscribed on our Memorial. We thank Dover
Town Council and the Dover War Memorial Project and Friends for
arranging the plaque, thus helping to fulfil the pledge we make
each year to our Fallen - that "We Will Remember Them".
new plaque is at the bottom left on the reverse of of our Memorial:.
"In the Faith of Christ, for the benefit of this town and
community, and in memory of those whose names have been added to
our War Memorial, we dedicate this memorial plaque to the glory
of God, in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy
Two schools attended the dedication, Barton Road, and St Mary's.
Many of our casualties were old St Mary's schoolboys, and each
Armistice there is a Remembrance ceremony at the
year, to the tune of Frère Jacques, the children hummed and sang a round
on the meaning of the poppy. The
second verse was:
On this day,
On this day,
Soldiers on the hillside,
Soldiers on the hillside,
Mr Ken Nunn, of the British Legion, read out the twenty two
names on the plaque:
H H Abbott
F R Booth
C F Brading
C E Cock
F W Crofts
W A Dixon
W A Dyer
J T Keen
J L Miriams
W G Oram
C P Page
S E Raysbrook
W T Smith
R J Sutton
Ridley began his sermon with a reading from John, Chapter 15. "
Jesus said to his disciples: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
No one has greater love than this; to lay down one's life for one's friends"
He continued, "As we gather this morning to add 22 names to this
we are very aware of the countless numbers of people who have
given their lives for this nation in time of war. Indeed,
yesterday, the bodies of another six British service personnel
passed through the streets of Wootton Bassett, having been
repatriated from Afghanistan.
"Today, as every year, we remember the bravery and sacrifice of
those who have responded to the call to fight for their country.
This Memorial is a reminder to us of those who have died, but it
also compels us to look forward; to honour those who died by
seeking to build a better future.
"So as we look back in remembrance at the bravery and
sacrifice of so many, we
also bear the responsibility of
looking forward, looking forward to ensure that the courage and
sacrifice of others will never have been in vain, but rather
that it offers new hope and opportunity to those who come after."
"The Bridge Builder", by Will Allan Dromgoole, speaks of the
importance of the those in the past preparing for those to come.
David Ridley had read it at the Memorial service at the South
Eastern and Chatham Memorial on the former Marine Station,
Dover, and read it again for our dedication.
asks an old man,
"You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide - Why build you this
bridge at the evening tide?"
old man answers:
"There followeth after me today,
youth whose feet must pass this way ....
He too must cross in
the twilight dim,
Good friend, I am building this bridge for
The intercessionary prayers followed:
".....We remember with thanksgiving those who made the supreme
sacrifice for us in time of war ... By your grace enable us on
this day to dedicate ourselves anew to the cause of justice,
freedom, and peace .....
"... We thank you for the communities of which we are a part,
and for all who serve their varied interests .... Help us as we
have opportunity to make our own contribution to community life
and be good neighbours ...
".... Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of war ....have
compassion on those for whom we pray, and help us to sue all
suffering in the cause of your kingdom ...
"... Let us pray for the peace of the world ....for
statesmen and rulers, that they may have wisdom to know and
courage to do what is right ....and for men and women the world
over, that they may have justice and freedom, and live in
security and peace ...In particular, we pray for those on active service in Afghanistan and
other troubled parts of our world."
After the Lord's Prayer was the Act of Remembrance.
"Let us remember before God and commend to his sure keeping those
who have died for their country in war; those whom we knew, and
whose memory we treasure, and all who have lived and died in
the service of all people."
Mr Nunn read the Exhortation:
"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age
shall not wary them, nor the
years condemn. At the going down of
the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them"
The Last Post,
played by Phil Hackett of the Sea Cadets, was followed by two-minutes silence.
It was broken only
by the echoes of the bugle at Dover College as they too observed
Remembrance. Many of our Fallen once studied there.
"When you go home
tell them of us and say, "For your tomorrow, we gave our today"
The blessing was given by David Ridley:
"God grant to the living - grace, to the departed - rest, to the
Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth, and all people - unity
peace, and concord, and to us and all God's servants - life
everlasting. And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit, be with you all and remain with you always. Amen
Across the generations many came to
lay their wreaths.
The November skies wept in Remembrance.
But to be cold and wet is as nothing, when we face the
sacrifice of our Fallen.
We Will Remember Them
After the ceremony, the Town Council invited
everyone to the Council chamber for refreshments. Those we were
remembering today were pictured on a display created in their
honour by the Dover War Memorial Project.
a beautiful, moving, thankful occasion was our dedication. "We
now have somewhere close by to remember them," said one
relative. "I feel I have laid my brother to rest."
On 5 September 2012 the Town Council resolved
that one more update should be made. The Memorial would also be
re-dedicated to Dovorians who died in all conflicts. For the
foreseeable future, there will be no further updates to the