THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper
 

 

The "We Remember" Booklet 2006

 

DOVER TOWN AS A MEMORIAL    

There are many memorials to the fallen in Dover. But Dover town itself is a memorial.

The streets are filled with memories of the wars. Glenfield Road is just one. Here a gap in a terrace is filled with a pair of semi-detached houses. Three house numbers are missing in the sequence. A shell landed here in World War II and five homes were destroyed. Three generations of one family lost their lives and this is their lasting monument.

Glenfield Road, by Simon Chambers
James Keen's gravestone, by Simon Chambers

One of the missing house numbers is 26. This was the home of James Keen, who was a Serjeant in the Buffs in the first World War. He died on 25th July 1916 and is buried in St Jamesí cemetery.

Here, like all the other cemeteries in Dover,  the  Commonwealth War Graves Commission has marked many of the graves of  those lost in conflict. The distinctive stones in the cemetery, mingling with other stones, tell the silent tale of a tragic history.

St James cememtery, by Simon Chambers
There are special places and times when we gather to remember the fallen. But in Dover, front-line town, every walk of every day is an act of Remembrance. 

Simon Chambers, by Marilyn Stephenson-Knight

 

Simon John Chambers, Researcher and photographer for the Dover War Memorial Project
 


 




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