war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper




About the Project

"THE DOVER WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT" by Marilyn Stephenson-Knight

The Town Memorial outside the Council Offices at Maison Dieu House is a familiar sight. But what does it mean? Who are the people listed there and what did they do? 

This is what the Dover War Memorial Project aims to find out. Born, aptly, on Remembrance Sunday, 2005, the Project is tracing the histories of the over eight hundred casualties of the two World Wars named on the Memorial. Many of their relatives have already offered information, photographs, and artefacts. Other people have offered information from their own research interests. Ultimately the full results will be published. In the meantime, while research continues, were producing articles, exhibitions, and booklets, along with preliminary web pages, so that information is available as soon as possible. 

While we remember and honour those who fought for us, we also look toward the future by creating educational resources for our younger generations. Were involved with our present day too the Project has co-hosted events, helped strengthen cross-channel relationships, and participated in local initiatives. Movingly weve also been able to assist with family queries, providing extra information about casualties and combatants, and even locating graves.   

The Town War Memorial was erected by and for those who had suffered devastating loss. But it was erected too for those who would come afterwards. The bronze figure was to convey the triumph of the spirit over hardship and suffering, while the whole monument was intended to speak of simple virtue and self-sacrifice without search of reward. As those who created the Memorial themselves pass on the memories and maybe the meanings fade. So its up to us now to ensure that why the Memorial was built is never forgotten. Its also up to us to make sure that the vision for the future is fulfilled. The Dover War Memorial Project has the honour of being part of that charge.

This article first appeared in the Dover Grammar School for Girls Newsletter for October 2006

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