war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper




About the Project

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

There are over eight hundred people commemorated on the Town Memorial outside Maison Dieu House. Supported by Dover Town Council the Dover War Memorial Project aims to trace and publish the histories of each one of them.  Born, aptly, on Remembrance Sunday last year, the Project is making good progress. Research has now provided some information on virtually all those named, along with many from our town who are commemorated elsewhere. A number of people have offered further information from their own research interests – and meanwhile many relatives of those who died have contacted the Council Offices with details, photographs, and artefacts. From the letters of thanks and encouragement received it is clear that the War Memorial Project is both popular and much appreciated.  

Ultimately the full results will be presented and published, but in the meantime articles, exhibitions, and booklets are planned, along with preliminary web pages. While we remember and honour those who died for us, the Project also looks towards the future, aiming to create educational resources that our younger generations may reference and contribute to. This will enable them to relate important events in history to local knowledge and give them also an introduction to social and family history. It will also help them respect and understand the sacrifices made by their forebears. 

But this important work couldn’t be done without the involvement of everyone. There’s a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in our town, and everyone is welcome to contribute ideas, suggestions, information, and help -  everything and anything that will ensure that the memory of one or more of those fallen does not fade under the shadow of passing years. Please let us know.

The Dover War Memorial Project is a true community initiative. And - an integral part of that community are the TCM members, a number of whom have already helped or promised support. To you, and to TCM, thank you!

This article first appeared in Dover Life for June/July 2006

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