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THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper
 

 

The "We Remember" Booklet 2006

 

"WE REMEMBER" 4  

Alfred Richard Breeze

lfred Breeze mourning card, courtesy Mr R Washford

The Breeze family, courtesy Mr R WashfordHe died on 30th November 1917 duringsilk postcard sent by Mr Breeze to his daughte, courtesy Mr Washford a counter offensive after the Hindenburg Line had been spectacularly broken in the first tank battle of World War I. He had been helping to hold a sunken road parallel to the Cambrai canal, and an eyewitness account stated, “he was killed by a 5.9 and two or three more were wounded with him”. He was 35 and he left behind a wife, Mabel, and a five-year-old daughter to whom he sent a silk postcard from France. His wife was said never to have “got over the loss” and she died nine years later.

Frederick William Jackson Hayward

Frederick Hayward, courtesy Miss L HaywardOn 11th September 1940 Dover was both bombed and shelled. One of the bombs failed to explode but nevertheless caused considerable damage in Folkestone Road. Frederick was called out to stop a gas leak before the bomb could be defused. He was 63 and was still working when the bomb exploded just before midnight. He is one of eleven civilians who were killed that day. Their names, along with four hundred and eighty four other Dovorians lost in World War II, are inscribed in the Book of Remembrance currently held at the Museum.

 

Unnamed Woman, Unnamed Boy

unnamed boy, courtesy Dover Express, 1916unnamed woman, courtesy Dover Express, 1916They were civilian victims of an air raid on the afternoon of 19th March 1916. Thirty six bombs were dropped on Dover from two planes. The woman had been standing by her window when one bomb fell; her companion was seriously injured. The eight-year-old boy had been going to Sunday School; the bomb that killed him also injured a girl cycling. She died later in hospital.  In total seven people were reported killed and thirty injured.

Note: they were not named in contemporary reports. However, the little boy is Francis Amos Hall, commemorated on the Salem Baptist Church memorial, and the woman is Jane James.




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