A selection from more very kind
comments we have received:
"I just wanted to say a big thank you to
you for our research and posting information on the casualties from the two
wars … I was so pleased and shocked to see a photograph of [my great uncle].
Thanks to the efforts of all concerned in the construction of the web site,
you are a credit!!!!!"
amazing amount of information is compiled within the pages of this website.
Not only the armed forces, but also civilian casualties are noted here, with
glorious photos and write ups. It brings home the severity of the conditions
endured by the people of Dover in the World Wars. Apparently run and
compiled by volunteers - a masterpiece!"
"I am very pleased to see
such excellent work being undertaken in honor of the sacrifices Dover has
"I was absolutely fascinated to read
through your website on the Dover War Memorial. It is a brilliant project
and beautifully put together. If only every town would do the same!"
"Thank you for all you do to
keep those memories alive. Many people, living and dead, owe you a lot."
"I am sure if my grandmother
was alive today she would be so proud her son is remembered in this way."
"Your outstanding help over
the last two years should be winning you many awards and lots of funding."
"I just loved your Dover memorial
website. Lovely tributes to those that have carved a better world for us to
"My compliments on a wonderful site - I have spent many
hours browsing when I should have been working!"
currently researching my grandfather's military record and found your
excellent web site. I was absolutely amazed to find a photo of my
Grandfather as I was to learn how he died. None of my family knew how he
died, and nor were there any existing photos of him."
"Thanks for your efforts and for your
caring interest in all of the Dover WW1 casualties. We are lucky to have
"What a wonderful and appropriate web site you have for
"I was casually searching the web a couple of days ago
…and found my great, great uncle’s entry on your ‘casualties on the
memorial’ page. It was such a wonderful surprise!! I want to thank you for
such a great on-line site."
"I have been looking again at the website and it really
is a fantastic resource; they should exist for every town really! "
"What you do is so very
important and I applaud all you do. It must be so comforting for those left
behind when they see your work - well done you. It will never surprise me to
see you receive an award from the Queen."
"What a great job. I can’t say thanks enough to you. I
will be forever in your debt."
"You have made [my friend] a very happy man. He was
speechless when he saw the write up and photo of his brother that you
haveon your website and he sends you his thanks for all you have done"
"It has been a great
experience working with you. Your dedication in assuring the long term
retention of the memory of the fallen soldiers of Dover has encouraged me to
think more about the sacrifices that they made. It has been too easy for
all of us to gloss over the lives of these long gone servicemen listed on
War Memorials without thinking about the details of how they lived and
died. I intend to make sure that the family history that I am producing will
have a significant section devoted to the military service of all of the
individuals in the family tree."
"The information you have provided me so far has been so
detailed and instructive, that I doubt I should need to make any further
queries at the moment [for my research]. You have cleared this mystery for
me! The Memorial Project is certainly in good hands."
"I applaud your work on the Virtual Memorial, which will
help future generations understand the great sacrifice these men made in the
service of our country."
"The project web-site is really good and very touching
that so much effort is being made to create such a memorial."
"I fully support the work you’re doing and believe in a
sense the piece you've done to my great-great granddad is ''his'' memorial
as he doesn't have one at his grave. Thank you."
"I know that you are a dedicated volunteer, and should
be commended for the wonderful work that you do. …..Thank you, and bless you
for the countless families you help."
"The whole of your website reflects back on your caring
"It is a shame that you don't
get paid for all the hard effort you put in."
"Your exceptional work with the Dover War Memorial
Project emphasizes the importance of remembering those poor souls who died
in the two World Wars. I too believe they should be remembered as
individuals, and through their stories help future generations understand
the history of their times."
"You deserve recognition for
your joint efforts on The Dover War Memorial Project. It is one thing to
have a great idea, another to pursue it for a while, and totally something
different to produce a site with the depth of research, quality, and time
that underpins yours."
Soldier's sewing kit, WWII, from the estate of John Wilkinson, collection of
Soldier's New Testament, issued by YMCA, WWII, from the estate of John
Wilkinson, collection of Simon Chambers
ARP warden's whistle, WWII, from collection of Simon Chambers
ARP warden's whistle, WWII - detail, from collection of Simon Chambers