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Memorial, a pilot sitting in the centre of a propeller, which propeller is only truly visible from the air, situated on the cliffs of the south east coast, planes flying overhead, by artist "Dear Maggie,

What you have accomplished through The Dover War Memorial Project is to raise the dead. 

The generous consequences of your single mindedness have done much to give breath to the almost forgotten memories of 1914. The tissue of folly that wrapped [my great uncle] and all the others in an early grave now has some kinder edges. 

Your presentation offers a memory of them that is lightened and refreshed. On the screen [he] looks younger, stares out stronger, and is not dulled by the musty smell of old photographs. The hopeful promise of the day that they entered that conflict with, has somehow returned to them."

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We've been overwhelmed by the warm-heartedness and enthusiasm of the relatives of casualties and the very many other interested people to whom we've spoken.  Here are just a few more of the many kind remarks that we've received.  

"We've waited so long to have a remembrance Ė thank you."

"What a great site - congratulations! "

"My thanks goes very much to both of you for all the information youíve given me on my uncle and I really do appreciate it. I think itís extremely kind of the pair of you. Thank you very much indeed."

cartirdges from a Belgian battlefield, by Simon Chambers "Thank you for finding this. I had no idea there was a grave Ö. I do enjoy your Ďphone calls, you always have something interesting to say."

"I was looking forward to the post arriving today, but what was inside exceeded all my expectations ÖI am so grateful for what you have managed to do. I didn't even realise that this type of information was available."  

"Have located your project and am overwhelmed at what you have taken on." 

"It really makes me proud to think these men are getting the recognition that they deserve. Thank you for all your efforts."

"I go and look at your website every day."  

"What a wonderful tribute you and your colleagues have achieved for Dover and its people.  I must say that it did bring tears to my eyes reading the stories, and I was not aware of the great number of civilian casualties." 

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you. As a small child I was shown my grandfatherís name on the war memorial, and that was really all it meant to me, just a name. Now after 55 years I am beginning to know the man. I am most grateful. I wish you all the best for your Project."

Great War medals from a Second Leiutenant, by Simon Chambers"Many thanks for the wonderful information you have given me. Itís all what I wanted to know. Thank you once again, good luck in your Project. Itís a wonderful boost for Dover. No other town can beat us on this one."

"I've just looked at your web site and added it to my favourites. 

"I am quite delighted to think this will happen and my uncle will not be forgotten."  

"I thoroughly enjoyed my evening with you!"

"As Maggie is a Dovorian this project is understandably close to her own heart. The accuracy, dedication, and professionalism of the work carried out by Maggie and Simon has been very impressive, and they are delightful people to meet."

"Thank you so much for your most welcome and interesting letter. Also all the information you sent.".

"What a good morning we had. Do come and visit again soon."  

"You are welcome to visit us any time!" 

"Thanks for putting so much effort into the project."

"Thank you. I am over the moon. This is my Father. I knew nothing of this incident, How did you ever pick it out? It was very kind of you?"  

"Please come in and see us when you can, we really enjoyed the evening."

Thatís amazing news about my great granddad. Thatís really exciting and interesting!

"Thank you so very much for the information you sent to me about my great great grandfather. I wish you well with the Project and would like to send a donation towards the costs."

"I will be interested in the progress of the War Memorial Project and if I can help in any way, please ask."

"Thank you for the documents regarding my great uncle. I have sent copies of everything to my two cousins abroad. Thank you for all the trouble you have taken in sending them to me. They mean a great deal and I do appreciate it very much."

"Thank you for looking into my ancestors. I have learnt a lot I didnít know."

"Many thanks for you letter, with the details you have managed to find about my uncle. I am most grateful, as I had assumed he had no known grave. Every year I place a cross in the Field of Remembrance."

"Thank you for all the information you have given me this year on my relatives which I really do appreciate. You and your team have worked really hard on giving Dover people information on their relatives, you have all done a first class job."

"A worthwhile cause."  

"Thank you for you speedy reply and may I say what a lovely letter you wrote. Thank you."  

"Your project is magnificent - I can only imagine the hours of work that must go into it - but such a worthwhile thing to do."

I do wish you well with the whole project

"I have been onto the Memorial web site and found it great.  I liked the comment about my great uncle!"  

"Thanks again Maggie for your caring approach to our lost ancestors."  

"I got the site up and had a look and itís absolutely gorgeous. Thereís so much on there, itís lovely, and I sat and read all the way through, and I thought, isnít it so sad. It is really lovely, I hope you are going to do a book. congratulations on all you have done, and are doing, for the WarMemorial project."  

You have done a terrific job in setting up and ensuring that the Memorial page looks really effective.

"What a great website."

"If it wasn't for your research, I would never have known the face of my great grandfather (who looks strikingly like my father - his grandson!). Not only that but I have found a great great uncle and a cousin on the site as well!"

"I do hope you will agree to advise us on our memorial." 

"Many thanks for all your hard work and the information you have sent on."

"Thank you so much for the burial info. That answers a big query. I really appreciate you having taken the trouble to visit his grave. Mum was also very touched to think you had gone to so much trouble - and of course thank you for the photos"

"Thank you for your very prompt and fascinating reply...Many thanks for your information confirming that we have discovered a new great uncle. My family are totally amazed after all these years that we have gained a relation."

"At the funeral the vicar said we should pray for all who those never returned home and we should remember them - straight away I thought of you -- I felt so proud to know someone who is doing just that - you are so caring and doing such a fantastic job."

"Iím glad thereís somebody like you doing this."

"Your continued attention to my research needs is greatly appreciated and I understand the extensive time involved in assisting me.  Your dedication to ensuring that the community is aware of details of those names on the memorial who died for their country is a valuable public service."

Pictures from top to bottom:
1. Battle of Britain Memorial - 24" by 18", framed, painted by a correspondent
2. Items from a Belgian battlefield, cartridges, with a modern cartridge for comparison
3. Great War medals, awarded to a 2nd Lieutenant
4. Items collected from a Belgian battlefield, shrapnel, cartridges, and note especially the shirt button
5. Great War medals, awarded to a Captain
6. Peace souvenir medal, from a family collection

Kind Remarks

More Kind Remarks 2
updated 25thJanuary 2009

More Kind Remarks 3
updated 13th January 2010

More Kind Remarks 4
updated 29th January 2011

More Kind Remarks 5
updated 4th January 2012

More Kind Remarks 6
updated 11January 2013

Special Kind Remarks
Presentation of Unknown Warrior Window

More Kind Remarks 8
updated
11 February 2014

More Kind Remarks 9
updated
4 January 2015

More Kind Remarks 10
updated 3 January 2017

 
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