The "We Remember" Booklet 2006

Lord Warden's crest


Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports 

Constable of Dover Castle


Lord Warden, courtesy himselfFROM THE LORD WARDEN

The privation suffered by the fallen in the world wars is unimaginable to most of us today. However, the soldier currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan is no less to be admired and respected than the young Tommy in World War I.

The link for all such service personnnel across the generations is the human ability to show extreme fortitude in adversity. It is easy to be nagative by concluding that such standards no longer exist. Against this, it is striking that so many young people wear poppies with pride, thanks to the intuition of youth, rather than the wisdom of experience. They understand that this humble flower symbolises something precious.

Remembrance is the tribute that we pay to the dead; it is also how we inspire the living, whilst providing a proud inheritance for those not yet born. This is what our War Memorial Project seeks to achieve and explains why I feel privileged to be associated with it. 



Maggie S-K, by Simon ChambersIt is my pleasure and my privilege to be Project Leader and Chief Researcher for the Dover War Memorial Project. This began on Remembrance Sunday 2005, and aims to trace and record the histories of Dovorians who fell in the two World Wars. I believe firmly that all those brave people who lost their lives so that we may enjoy ours today should be remembered forever. Some of them are introduced in this, the first publication from the Project.  May we honour their names - and remember their deeds. 

Beside them are a legion of those who also stood firm; their families who lost and mourned, their neighbours who served on the frontline at home, their comrades who returned - changed in body and mind. To them too we remember our debt. To them, and to those who did not come home, this booklet is dedicated.  

Remembrance means many things. Some of the stories presented here are historical and some personal. Some are heart-warming, some are tragic. Every one is moving, and every one underlines the interconnections of places, of people, and of the past and its future - the present. But not one of them could we have known, had not someone remembered.

Marilyn Stephenson-Knight

November 2006

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