DOVER WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT
Latest News 2011
Welcome to Dover's Virtual War Memorial
Dame Vera Lynn, DBE, LL.D,
Admiral the Lord Boyce, KG, GCB,
Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle
November 2011. The Unknown Warrior Exhibition
exhibition is now at the Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul, in
the mediaeval village of Lavenham, Suffolk. Lavenham is the home
of artist Jonathan Boast, who, with Dover Scouts and Brownies,
created the stained-glass window in honour of the Unknown
This is the last venue for the originally-scheduled year-long
tour of the Unknown Warrior exhibition; however it is still much
in demand and in the New Year will be returning to Dover for
display in Astor College of the Arts.
November 2011. Talk at The Dover Society
We were greatly honoured to be invited to talk to the Dover
Society about The Dover War Memorial Project.
In the 40 minutes allotted we talked about many of the things
the volunteers of the DWMP do in Remembrance of our Fallen - and
with a seasonal note also about the place of our little town of
Dover in the history of Christmas.
Thank you, Dover Society, for being such a grand audience!photo
November 2011. Remembrance Sunday
In beautiful sunshine (by contrast to last year, when the rain
was torrential!), The Dover War Memorial Project wreath was laid
at our Town Memorial by volunteers Joyce and Brian Banks .
photo Mike Webb
November 2011. The Unknown Warrior Exhibition
exhibition finished its time at the Port of Dover, close to
where the Unknown Warrior came home, at the Marine Station
Remembrance Service on 8 November 2011.
Always a moving beautiful service, it's rendered more poignant
as this is the time the British Torch of Remembrance, lit at the
tomb of the Unknown Warrior, leaves our shores to travel to the
tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels.
The exhibition is now installed at St Edmundsbury cathedral,
Bury St Edmunds (right) for Armistice Day and Remembrance
October 2011. A Service of Dedication at Highley, Shropshire
This service, by the Stanier 8F Locomotive Society and the
Severn Valley Railway, dedicated new rolls of honour to the
railwaymen of the Corps of Royal Engineers, with information
panels about the Corps in Victorian and World War times. Amongst
those remembered were the casualties of the Longmoor Military
Railway Disaster in 1956. We're constructing a memorial entry
and a report will appear in the Winter edition of "From the
Right - the Royal Engineers Memorial Locomotive
September 2011. "From the Front"
The latest edition is out now. Contents include the Battle of
Britain Memorial Service, the 90th Anniversary Memorial service
at the Dover Patrol Memorial, and an article about Prisoners of
War in England.
And finally ... we're in true revolutionary mode! Is this the end of
nine-to-five as we know it?
"From the Front"
will tell you!
September 2011. "Remember: Commemorating our Fallen"
Newly-installed in Dover library is the exhibition for
Remembrance this year from The Dover War Memorial Project.
Entitled "Remember: Commemorating our Fallen" it tells the story
of the figure of Youth on our Town Memorial.
There are some six copies of the figure in existence. The first
was designed in 1908, as the centrepiece of a fountain in
To learn more, visit the library or follow these links "Wee
Willie" and "Richard
2 September 2011. Merchant Navy Memorial Service
its tenth year in Dover, the memorial service took place in the
Town Hall, followed by a further service of wreath-laying at the
Merchant Navy memorial on the seafront at Dover.
Left, with the standard bearers on the steps of the Town Hall,
just prior to the service, are Cllr Sue Nicholas, Chairwoman of
Dover District Council, and Donald Hunter, Chairman of the Kent
Branch of the Merchant Navy Association. With the support of
Dover District Council, Don worked tirelessly to bring the
service and the memorial to Dover. Behind them is Parade
Marshall Dick Liggett.
August 2011. The Unknown Warrior Exhibition Comes Home
The six panels of the exhibition and the Unknown Warrior window
are now installed at the Port of Dover. They're in the departure
lounge for cruise passengers, overlooking the former Marine
Station (right) and the large war memorial erected there
for the Fallen of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.
The exhibition will remain at the Port until the public
Remembrance Service in November on the Marine Station - the very
place where the Unknown Warrior's body departed for London and
for burial at Westminster Abbey over 90 years ago.
July 2011. The Unknown Warrior Exhibition in Folkestone
The exhibition is now installed at The Grand Hotel, The Leas,
Folkestone, where it will remain until 13 August 2011. It then
to the Port of Dover.
The exhibition is free and may be viewed at any reasonable time.
It accompanies Step Short's March of Commemoration down the Road
of Remembrance, Folkestone, on 7 August, with assembly
beginning from 10 am outside The Grand.
Right are Cllr Ann Berry of Step Short, Michael Stanier, owner
of The Grand, and Marilyn Stephenson-Knight of The Dover War
July 2011. The 90th Anniversary - The Dover Patrol Memorial, Leathercote Point
On 27 July 1921 the
memorial for the Dover Patrol was dedicated at Leathercote
Point; there are two other such memorials, at Cap Gris Nez and
The Dover Patrol was an assembly of vessels and aircraft
operating in the Straits of Dover and the North Sea during the
Great War. Its functions included patrols, mine-sweeping,
escort, raids, and building a barrage; over 2,000 men were lost
during its operations.
The 90th Anniversary service was attended by by Lord de L'Isle
and Admiral the Lord Boyce, who inspected the parade.
July 2011. The Battle of Britain Memorial Service at
During one of the rare sunny days this summer, the BoB Memorial
at Capel-le-Ferne held the service for the 71st Anniversary of
the Battle of Britain. Left are some of the many guests spotting
the names of our Few on the memorial wall after the service.
Amongst the veterans present was William Walker, author of the
poem "Our Wall", inscribed by the memorial. The service was
bracketed by aerial displays from a Spitfire and a Hurricane.
July 2011. Graduation!
Congratulations to Susannah, Maggie S-K's youngest daughter,
who has graduated from Reading University as a Bachelor of Arts
(Honours) in Philosophy.
As one of her fellow graduates said, "Is that your mum over
there with the big hat ...
for the Proud Mum of the Year Award?"
Well done, Susannah!
2 July 2011. The Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride
Bikers from three nations rode together, in memory of the Fallen
from the Allied forces.
In the USA the American Legion Riders rode in Texas, to the RAF
Memorial at Terrell, and in Oklahoma, to the RAF Memorials in
Ponca City, with a service at the RAF Memorial in Miami, and to
the RAF Memorial in Mesa, Arizona. In Canada the Canadian
Veteran Freedom Riders rode in Ottowa, to the Commonwealth Air
Force Memorial on Green Island. In the UK, we attended the
service at the American Cemetery at Madingley, Cambridgeshire;
around a thousand riders took
part, led by the Royal British
Legion (Riders Branch).
cemetery is the only World War II American cemetery in the UK,
and contains 3,812 burials, with another 5,127 servicemen
commemorated on the memorial wall. The burials are fewer than
half those who died here on service; many were repatriated.
June 2011. Doris Margaret Bowley
We are very sorry to announce that Doris Bowley, née Easton,
died on 10 June 2011, after a short illness.
Born on 23 May 1924, Doris was the great-niece of casualties
Harry and Eddie Crascall, and cousin of William Gatehouse. She
was Maggie S-K's aunt. She will be greatly and deeply missed.
Right is Doris, pictured as Cinderella in a Dover Harbour Board
production of 1952
9 June 2011. Operation Dynamo
and Simon were pleased and delighted to hear they had been
nominated as "unsung heroes" and won a special preview tour of
the new exhibition at Dover Castle. Situated in the secret
war-time tunnels, the exhibition remembers the evacuation from
Dunkirk in 1940 through a variety of media including panoramic
The exhibition was opened by Heritage and Tourism Minister John
Penrose, in the presence of Major General Charles Ramsay, son of
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, the architect of Operation Dynamo.
Our tour, with our invited guests, finished with a reception -
no war-time rationing here, and the date-and-walnut cake was
(left, image of Sir Winston Churchill, from
24 May 2011.
A Talk on the Seafront
The Dover War Memorial Project was honoured by an invitation to
give an after-lunch talk to the Rotary Club of Deal. It's a most
appropriate place to begin a talk on The Dover War Memorial
Project, as the event that was part of the beginning of The
Dover War Memorial Project had a huge impact on Deal too.
On 22 September 1914 three armoured cruisers, Aboukir, Hogue,
and Cressy were sunk in the North Sea by an enemy submarine.
1,459 men lost their lives. Amongst them were many
from Deal and Dover, including Maggie's great uncle, Harry Crascall. It was her research into the two Crascalls
commemorated on Dover Town Memorial that led Maggie and Simon to
learn about the other men commemorated there - and so The Dover
War Memorial Project was born.
Above is Maggie with Deal Rotary Club President Howard Binsted.
Thank you, Rotarians, for the invitation and the hospitality at
Dunkerley's in Deal - and the bread and butter pudding is to be
23 May 2011. Winter Warmers
offer our grateful thanks to the Campaign for Real Ale, the
Deal, Dover, Sandwich, and District branch, who very kindly
adopted again this year The Dover War Memorial Project as their
good cause. They donated the proceeds from their White Cliffs
Beer Festival, held each February in the Town Hall in Dover, at
a special presentation evening at Blake's in Castle Street,
Dover. On the left are volunteers for the Dover War
Memorial Project Joyce and Brian Banks, with Simon and Maggie
and members of CAMRA-DDS Martin Atkinson and Dave Green. .
Last year CAMRA-DDS were lifesavers for The Dover War Memorial
Project. We rely entirely upon donations to be able to continue,
and we were down to the last few pounds. A kind donation from
CAMRA-DDS from l;ast year's White Cliffs Beer Festival enabled
us to continue, and to do the work and research necessary to
gain a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to teach, with our
partners, hundreds of young people across Kent and in London
about the Unknown Warrior during the 90th anniversary of his
home-coming. Thank you indeed, CAMRA-DDS - you have benefited so
16 May 2011. Lifesavers!
who know all about service to others are the firefighters. Last
Christmas the firefighters from Deal Fire Station raised funds
for five different charities and good causes, and very kindly
chose The Dover War Memorial Project to be one of them. Left to
right in the picture are Ollie Waters, Simon John Chambers,
David Potter, the manager of Red Watch, Jaimie Dodd, and Rob
Thank you. Several firefighters and
firewatchers lost their lives protecting Dover and Deal and
their citizens during the terrible bombardments of the wars –
and firefighters still continue to put their lives on the line
for us today. We remember all our local heroes and heroines, and
we very much appreciate this superb donation from the
Firefighters at Deal, which will help ensure that all those who
lost their lives in our service, whether at home or overseas,
will never be forgotten.
12 May 2011.
A Promise Kept
Councillor Gordon Cowan of Kent County Council promised last
year that he would support The Dover War Memorial Project. We
were thrilled when he made an award to the Project from his
individual councillor grants allocation. On the left are Simon
and Maggie of The Dover War Memorial Project with Cllr Cowan;
the photo is by Mike Webb.
Cllr Cowan said, "Remembrance
is essential; and it’s a powerful personal and public response;
each year there is a growing number of people attending the
Remembrance ceremony arranged by the Town Council at the Town
Memorial, and I am sure this is due in no small part to the
raising of awareness through The Dover War Memorial Project. I
am very pleased to be able to help them as they help so many
others, in Remembrance of those who sacrificed themselves for
It is a great privilege to run The Dover War Memorial Project in
their honour and memory and in trust to the families who to this
day mourn their loss. We'd like to thank sincerely and whole
heartedly Cllr. Cowan, whose award will make so much difference.
11 May 2011. New Patron for The Dover War Memorial Project
are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that Admiral the
Lord Boyce KG, GCB, OBE, DL, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Constable of
Dover Castle, has most graciously chosen to join Dame Vera Lynn
as Patron of The Dover War Memorial Project.
Admiral the Lord Boyce stated, "The
volunteers who run The Dover War Memorial Project are to be
applauded, since they help to remind us of the significance of
Remembrance, and for involving so many children in their recent
activities. The next generation is key to our future, and The
Dover War Memorial Project is doing so much to help teach the
meaning of respect and selfless service to others."
We will never forget those who gave all they could, and in
memory of our Fallen we are both delighted and very moved by
this immense honour.
We would also like to offer our most sincere congratulations and
best wishes to Admiral the Lord Boyce, who will be formally
invested on 13 June as Knight of the Garter by HM the Queen
May 2011. The Unknown Warrior
The educational resources are now available online
The significance of the Unknown Warrior is revealed through the
stories of six casualties from the Great War, and their
The pack is suitable for Key Stage 2, and
contains many activities and exercises. Hard copies are being
distributed to schools in the Dover area by The Dover War
Memorial Project, and in other selected areas by The City of
The file is 9MB, in pdf format.
8th May to 14th May 2011. This is ME awareness week.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also
known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome
is a disabling conditions, characterised by unremitting
exhaustion, muscle cramps, and severe difficulty in
thinking and concentrating. There is a host of other disabling
symptoms too, and sufferers can be affected in many different
ways, with symptoms varying even according to the time of day.
It's a neurological condition,
but there is no test to diagnose it and sufferers are often
faced with disbelief. It is hard to obtain help and support, and
now funding cuts threaten the few treatment centres and
specialist there are. Research is desperately needed to help
over 250,000 people, including 25,000 children, with the
condition - and to help ensure that others do not acquire it.
Anyone is vulnerable and there is no cure.
Discover more at the Association
for Young People with ME or
Action for ME. or
The ME Association
5th May 2011. With sadness we learn that Claude Choules has
passed away. He was the last surviving combat veteran of the
Great War. He was born in Worcestershire, and died in a
retirement home in Perth, Australia, at the age of 110.
He said that if he were to live his life again, he would do
exactly the same. What a tribute to him and to his family, and
what a tribute too in memory of all those who had very little
life at all.
Let us forever be thankful for our own lives, and live them to
the most fulfilled, in memory and honour of those who did not
come home, or whose lives were shattered forever.
May Claude Choules now
Rest in Peace.
5th May 2011. In honour of the Royal Wedding, The Dover War
Memorial Project created a new exhibition entitled "Love
Stories: A Day to Remember".
Part of the exhibition is now on display at Dover Library, with
six photographs recalling the
wedding days of Dovorians, from 1911 to 1938. Each of the
families in the exhibition has a war-time story to tell.
The full exhibition was previously on display at “Brides of
Faversham”, in Castle Street, Dover, helping to raise funds for
this year’s 90th Anniversary of the Royal British
April 2011. Thieves have stolen one of the plaques from the
River, Dover, War Memorial. The World War II plaque was
placed on the memorial at the millennium, after research and
fund-raising for the £1,200 necessary. The plaque was made from
and it is believed it was stolen for its scrap value.
Amongst those commemorated on the plaque was Keith Gillman, the
iconic Face of The Few.
It is a great shame when those who gave all they could, until
they had nothing left to give, should then have even their names
stolen by the generation for whom they died.
Right and above - the missing plaque.
April 2011.The annual commemoration of the Zeebrugge raid was
again held on 23rd April, St George's Day. Attenders were
privileged this year to be joined by the Koninklijke
Scoutsharmonie, 68 members of the Royal Scouts band from Brugge,
along with the dignitaries from Brugge.
The day was bright and sunny at St James' cemetery, where many
casualties are buried, and the ceremony was followed by a
further commemoration outside the Town Hall, where the Mayor
rang eight bells on the Zeebrugge bell, and a reception at the
Town Council offices
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April 2011. The Unknown Warrior exhibition has now moved from
the Royal Engineers Museum at Chatham to the Royal Artillery
Museum at Woolwich. Firepower, the RA Museum, is open from
Wednesdays till Sundays, 10.30 to 5.00 (and open every day
during school holidays).
The exhibition is displayed amongst the Great War guns in the
history gallery - and look out, because every now and then the
sound of a whizzbang goes over your head! Other highlights
of the museum include the gun carriage on which the Unknown
Warrior made his final journey to
Abbey from Victoria, and the guns from which Victoria Crosses
Thank you very much to the Royal Engineers Museum for hosting
the exhibition so well for the last three months, and thank you
too to our new hosts, Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum. We
hope lots of visitors will enjoy all the exhibits!
April 2011. The Unknown Warrior educational resources are now
available and are being distributed to schools and other
relevant bodies. They are part of the commemorations for the
90th Anniversary of the homecoming of the Unknown Warrior,
funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and created and delivered by
The Dover War Memorial Project, The City of Westminster
Archives, and Westminster Abbey.
The booklet comprises 60 pages, and is filled with information
and activities for young people. Amongst the casualties featured
are Dovorians Tommy Eaves and Cecil Bromley, who both lost their
lives in 1916. For further information do please
March 2011. The Dover War Memorial Project has been greatly
honoured to receive Friends of the Legion Awards from the Royal
British Legion, County of Kent. The awards are for
outstanding help and service to the Legion over a sustained
period; Simon and Maggie received the awards for their work on
Remembrance and with the families and friends of the Fallen.
Admiral the Lord Boyce, Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque
Ports and Constable of Dover Castle, presented on behalf of the
British Legion the awards at a ceremony at Dover District
Council. Amongst those present were Mr Keith Atkinson,
representing the RBL, County of Kent, and Col Mike Martin,
President of the Down's Branch, RBL. The presentation was hosted
by Cllr Bernie Butcher, Chairman of Dover District Council.
picture left to right, Keith Atkinson, Simon
Chambers, Cllr Bernie Butcher, Marilyn Stephenson-Knight,
Admiral the Lord Boyce
photo by Mike Webb
10 March 2011
After over five years as Town Clerk at Dover Town Council,
Maggie's brother, Michael Webb has hung up his wig and taken a
well-deserved retirement. He had a grand send-off from all
the councillors and staff, who hosted surprise parties.
We suspect his retirement will be active;
Mike mentioned he'd like to do more with The Dover War Memorial
Project now he is a free man - and Maggie already has a list of
jobs as long as her arm!
7 March 2011 We are proud and thrilled to
announce that Marilyn Stephenson-Knight
was honoured by a Civic Award, presented by the Right
Worshipful the Town Mayor of Dover, Cllr Mrs Sue Jones, for her
work with The Dover War Memorial Project.
Modesty precludes the quoting of the full
citation, which was read by Mr Vic Matcham. He emphasised,
however Maggie's thanks to Simon John Chambers, co-partner in
the Dover War Memorial Project, and to the many other volunteers
who help. Most welcome amongst the guests were the volunteers,
including several who have supported the DWMP from the
beginning, on Remembrance Sunday 2005.
16 February 2011. Dover Town Council recently launched a
competition to choose a new iconic photograph for the the banner
on their website.
We're delighted and honoured to say that following judging by
Dame Vera Lynn, who will be forever associated with our white
cliffs, that one of the photographs taken by Simon John
Chambers, of The Dover War Memorial Project, was chosen.
Simon has thousands of photographs in his Project archive. This
one was taken in September 2010, from the Prince of Wales
pier, one of many Simon took while working on the Unknown
Warrior 90th Anniversary commemoration. To see the banner in place, click here -
Dover Town Council
January 2011. The exhibition and the stained-glass window for
the 90th Anniversary of the Unknown Warrior's homecoming are now
on display at the Royal
The museum is in Prince Arthur Road, and is
open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays,
Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11.30 am to 5 pm. The
display will be there until 11th April, when it will move to the
Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich.
January 2011 The latest edition of "From
the Front", the Dover War Memorial Project quarterly
e-newsletter, is now available online.
There's an extended report about the 90th
Anniversary of the Unknown Warrior's homecoming, along with many
other commemorations at home and abroad over Remembrance.
With a Christmas carol written with our Patron, Dame Vera
Lynn, in mind, and an account of Simon's new world record, it's
one not to miss! Click
here to read
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Welcome to a New Year of Remembrance, as we honour the
memories of those people from our frontline town, Dover, Kent,
who lost their lives in the two world wars of the 20th
century, and later conflicts.
It was busy last year! We marked the 70th
Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and of the evacuation of
our children from Dover and the surrounding areas. It was also
the 90th anniversary of the home-coming of the
Unknown Warrior, and we were delighted to be given a Heritage
Lottery Fund grant to commemorate this with young peole across
Kent and London. Thank you so much to all those who participated
and helped, and to our partners at the City of Westminster
Archives and Westminster Abbey.
An innovation last year was the e-newsletter, produced
quarterly. The latest edition, for Winter 2010, is now
available. There’s a full report about the Unknown Warrior
commemorations, along with many other reports on Remembrance of
Dovorians at home and abroad – and if you want to know how Simon
achieved joined the Club of Heroic Failures by achieving a new
International Championships World record … well, the latest
newsletter will tell you that too. We all can shine at
something! Contact us if you’d
like to receive the e-newsletter every quarter.
The most wonderful news we save till last. We are so very
proud to have been able to announce in November 2010 that Dame
Vera Lynn most graciously agreed to become our Patron.
Internationally-renowned, beginning her career at the age of
seven in 1924 and a record-breaker herself by becoming in 2009
the oldest living artist with a top twenty album, Dame Vera was
The Forces Sweetheart during World War II, and will be forever
associated with our town through her legendary song “The White
Cliffs of Dover”. Thank you, Dame Vera, for bringing such a
unique and precious piece of home to the memory of our Dovorian
Fallen, who never saw home again.
Thank you to you all, who never forget those who gave all
With best wishes,