"We Remember" Booklet 2006
THE LORD BOYCE GCB OBE DL
Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports
of Dover Castle
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.
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.
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.