THE  DOVER WAR MEMORIAL  PROJECT

 

war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

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A selection from more very kind comments we have received:

I have to say a very big thank you as we are delighted with the work you have done and made it possible for here to be a permanent reminder of my uncle. I know my parents would be as delighted as us to know he has been remembered in this way . Our very best wishes and heartfelt thanks.

This is simply wonderful. We can now search for a father and son. This is so special for us. Thank you so much. We intend to donate to the project, which is a fantastic service.

Thank you so much for your help. I have heard from three of my cousins. It is great to be in touch after all this time and it would not have happened if I had not come across your web site.

I discovered your wonderful website this afternoon. This is a splendid project and as Chairman of the Local Heritage Group here it makes me wonder if we should not be doing something like this ourselves.

Congratulations on your work for such a worthy cause. I have visited your website and it is clearly a caring and inspiring project that you are involved with.

The work that you do is great. You are so talented and what a lasting legacy you are producing.

Well done for the Civic Award and the British Legion award. You deserve it, you work so hard.

My goodness, The Dover War Memorial Project has poignancy on every page.

You have such a big heart and we all owe you a huge debt of gratitude for your unstinting work.

Maggie is an absolute star.

What a public-spirited thing to do!

For people of my generation who missed National Service and yet have fathers who served in WWII, recalling the sacrifice of the friends, colleagues, family members, and fellow servicemen of our parents is all too rare an occurrence. The splendid work of The Dover War Memorial Project is vital if we are to recognise the momentous nature of the twentieth century wars, and ensure that such events should never be repeated.

I think the site is wonderful. I have of course just had to read all the latest news, etc. It all just hold me and I can't explain the overwhelming compassion - if that is the right word - that overcomes me. It all makes me feel so humbled.

I have just spent a few hours looking through your website. What a project! Did you ever count the hours that you'd spent? Very well done! I cannot believe that many towns have such a comprehensive memorial project.

We have a membership of several thousand veterans and we think your site is one of the best we've seen. I think it's a fascinating read, with information regarding those who have fallen, from Dover. I particularly liked the family aspect of some of the memorial notes and pictures which really bring to life the human aspect of remembrance.

Thank God we have remembrance day and people like yourself who devote so much time to our fallen brothers and sisters.

I found an ancestor from World War One on your site and ended up spending quite a long time reading all the tributes to the fallen heroes, and also the interesting information about [xx] which I found extremely fascinating.

I have been trying to find a contact for my cousin for years. I wasn't even sure she was still alive. It's amazing what the DWMP website can do! I am very grateful to you.

There are three shining  examples of the Big Society happening here in Dover: the TSS Dover initiative, The Dover War Memorial Project, and the People's Port. These are examples of citizens banding together to initiate or take over enterprises that the State either doesn't run for the benefit of the community or doesn't want to do at all, and to operate them on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the town and its heritage.

I am really grateful to Maggie for the memorial and photos she included on the DWMP website of my family.

It's great that you, Simon, and the DWMP is gaining all this recognition. It's been hard worked for and I'm proud to be part of the great Band of Brothers and Sisters of the DWMP Volunteer Division.

I think you were the best speaker we have had for a long time, and that is the truth, not flannel. We all have someone in our families that either fought in the Wars or worked on the Home Front so your talk affected everyone in this room. It was a real success.

Congratulations on your talk to our Society. Well done.

I think the work that your project is doing really would be wonderful throughout England. Great work and you should all be very proud.

Thank you for the wonderful tribute to my uncle and his comrades. it is comforting to know that they now have a lasting mention in history along with the many thousands of other brave military personnel.

After meeting you recently and hearing about The Dover War Memorial Project I was so excited by what I heard that I have been trying to persuade people top attempt a similar project here ... Hundreds of people in our town assemble to remember the dead. But as the years roll by these names are known to fewer people. Your project seems a means of changing what are just names into real people. People like us who had a life, families, and friends. It is a way of capturing the imagination of people alive today so that we understand that these were people like us, whom we must not forget and the sacrifices they made. Since talking to you I have been lobbying members of our local Historical Society and branch of the Royal British Legion with a view to adopting a similar project here. The project could be a valuable resource to children studying 20C history and enable people here to understand how war has affected previous generations from our town. I hope that you might be willing to speak at a meeting about the Dover project here, with a view to serving as a consultant were our town to follow your example.

illustrations:
Bible belonging to the sister of a casualty, given to her by their step-parents
Princess Mary's box of 1914, given to a veteran of the Zeebrugge Raid
"In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae as it appeared in Punch, December 1915, with Punch logo and six months of bound issues
"Peace" mug; the reverse reads - inside the shield  "Sir David Beatty's Historic Signal - "The German flag is to be hauled down at Sunset to-day, and is not to be hoisted again without permission - Nov 21st 1918."" outside the shield "War Declared against Germany, August 4th, 1914, General Armistice signed Nov 11th, 1918, Peace Signed June 28th, 1919" 

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