DOVER WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT
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
December 2012 Whitfield Fallen
Mr James Steeples has compiled biographies of all the Fallen on the
memorials at Whitfield. We are very grateful to him for allowing us to
publish them on Dover's Virtual Memorial. They may be found
picture - St Peter, Whitfield
November 2012 Presentation of the Unknown Warrior Window to
The year 2010 marked the 90th anniversary of the Homecoming of
the Unknown Warrior to Britain. He is now buried in Westminster
Abbey. During the commemorations a stained-glass window and
exhibition were created; they were both presented to Astor
College on long-term loan during a special ceremony of
Amongst those attending were the Deputy Mayor of Dover, the
Member of Parliament for Dover, and the representative for the
Deputy Constable of Dover. Dame
Vera Lynn, one of our honoured Patrons, sent a special
message of good wishes for the day, and we were absolutely
delighted that our other Patron, Admiral the Lord Boyce
KG, GCB, OBE, DL, Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports
and Constable of Dover Castle, kindly graced all the guests with
his presence and unveiled the window.
November 2012 Remembrance Sunday/Armistice Day
This, after a very rainy Saturday, turned out to be a beautiful
day and very many indeed were present to honour our Fallen.
The wreath for The Dover War Memorial Project was laid by Brian
Banks and Jean Marsh. Thank you both of you!
October 2012 William Walker
We're very sorry to hear that William Walker, probably the
oldest veteran of The Few, died on 21 October 2012. He was 99.
He was a great supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
at Capel-le-Ferne, and his poem "Our Wall" is displayed next to
the Foxley-Norris wall of the names of The Few. We last saw him
at Capel, during the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of
Britain. William Walker was married to Claudine Mawby, one
of the "Mawby Triplets" of early-talkies Hollywood fame. Mrs
Walker died on 13 September this year in Poole; her twin sister,
Claudette, lost her life in 1941, aged just 19, a victim of a
bombing raid over Brighton.
photo of William Walker by Dean Sumner
22 October 2012 Western Heights at War
the weekend the Drop Redoubt and Grand Shaft were opened with a
new theme - Western Heights at War. Re-enactors recaptured the
World War II era, and, on the Sunday, complete with authentic
The Western Heights Preservation Society welcomed some 500
visitors to meet the commandoes, military police, medics, and
home front. Left, enjoying a tea-break between raids are the
Home Guard and the British Red Cross. The Dover War Memorial
Project mounted a display in one of the gunrooms.
October 2012 War and Peace Symposium
We were very pleased to be asked to talk at the War and Peace
Symposium on 13 October, organised by Dover Arts Development
Ltd. The Symposium lasted the entire day, and included a tour of
the Western Heights and contributions from a number of speakers.
The Dover War Memorial Project's topic was "The Virtual
photo Dominic de Vere
"From the Front" - Autumn 2012|
The latest edition of "From the Front", the e-newsletter from
The Dover War Memorial Project, is now available
Articles include Our Fallen - some of the new commemorations to
be placed on the Town Memorial and a full account of the
unveiling of the Channel Dash Memorial on Dover Sea Front.
right, Swordfish at the Channel Dash Memorial
September 2012. "Dover Remembers"|
"Dover Remembers" is the latest exhibition from The Dover War
Memorial Project, now displayed in Dover Library. It features
the casualties who will be commemorated on the new plaque to be
placed on Dover Town Memorial.
September 2012. New Names for the Memorial|
We are very pleased that at their meeting on 5 September 2012
the Town Council resolved that a new plaque containing 21 names
of Dovorian Fallen will be placed on the Town Memorial. The
Memorial will also be rededicated to commemorate Dovorians who
died in conflicts subsequent to the two World Wars.
14 August 2012. New Names for the Memorial|
Following the decision by the Finance and General Purposes
Committee of Dover Town Council to decline the placing of new
commemorations on our War Memorial, there have now been two
further meetings. The members of the Committee have decided to
place a number of proposals for consideration before the full
Town Council at their next meeting.
7 August 2012. Thank you!|
Firefighters of Dover and their Silly Committee raise funds
every year for good causes. Amongst the several donations they
have made this year is one to The Dover War Memorial Project.
Firefighters are no strangers to placing
their very lives on the line in service to others. Several in
Dover lost their lives during the two world wars. We thank the
Firefighters very much indeed for their help and generosity,
perpetuating the memory of all those who Fell and enabling us to
ensure they are never forgotten.
Centre picture are super-volunteers Joyce and
Brian Banks, receiving the cheque on behalf of The Dover War
Memorial Project, and on the left other volunteers Mike Webb
with Maisie Hopkins.
photo: Toni Hopkins
July 2012. "From the Front" - Summer 2012|
"From the Front" is now online.
News about the Vindictive and the Zeebrugge
Raid, Alan Turing, new books being published, and reports on the
Diamond Jubilee Tattoo and the Armed Forces Weekend in Dover -
they're all here!
right - the White Helmets
Motorcycle Display Team, photo Paul Wells
1 June 2012. "Long to Reign Over Us!"|
we offer our heartiest congratulations on her Diamond Jubilee to
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We hope the Royal Family have
the most "Happy and Glorious" of days on this very special
In Dover the Jubilee is to be celebrated by a
Military Tattoo. This takes part on 1 and 2 June at
Connaught Barracks Parade Ground, just north of Dover Castle.
Gates open for the tattoo at 17.30 each evening, with the Tattoo
beginning at 19.00. On 2 June there is also a family fun day,
between 11.00 and 16.00, with many displays and stall holders.
To our great sorrow, we are unable to be there but The Dover War
Memorial Project has a small display, hosted in the Freemasons'
We wish the Tattoo every success, and wish
everyone the happiest of celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee.
May 2012. New Names for the Memorial -
publication of the decision of the Finance and General Purposes
Committee (FGPC) of Dover Town Council, reported under
"That the Town council decline the request for the addition of
any further names for the People of Dover's War Memorial", there
has been widespread outrage and condemnation.
We are very pleased to say that discussions
on the Remembrance of our Fallen in the centre of our Frontline
Town are to continue. As reported on 24 May in the Dover
Cllr Gordon Cowan, the chairman of the FGPC explained,
do apologise. What I was trying to say is we need to meet with
the war memorial project team so we
can set criteria to incorporate all the people who have died in
front-line active service, not just in the world wars but also
modern conflicts. That’s what the war memorial is about."
Cowan continued, "We have not refused to put names on but said
we need to meet the war memorial team to talk about the
criteria. We want their expertise and advice to see how we can
remember those who died during the period of war but not on the
frontline in a different way.”
have had most positive initial discussions, and are now
arranging a meeting with councillors. If
you have any comments, please let us
know. The names currently under consideration may be seen
pictures: top and right: as reported by the Dover
on their front page, 17 May 2012. Pictured by the memorial
is Mr Brian Sayer, whose uncle John Hulse is one of the Fallen whose
name had been put forward for commemoration. Below, left,
article in the Dover Express, 24 May 2012, with the response
from Cllr Cowan and information on more casualties whose names
had been requested.
27 April 2012. New Names for the Memorial|
Town Council passed a resolution in 2006 that the updating of
names on our Memorial would be considered every three years. The
Memorial was updated in 2009 with 22 names, which had been
requested by their families. A new update was scheduled for
2012; 29 names were put forward by their families. Requested
also was consideration of 24 Great War civilian casualties, who,
with the exception of one, are commemorated nowhere.
We are very sad to state that the Finance and
General Purposes Committee of the Town Council have decided that
no further names should be added to the Town Memorial on this
occasion. No reason has yet been given. We send our
sympathies and condolences to all the families and friends who
have been denied this commemoration of their lost loved ones.
The Committee have, however, resolved to
invite a small group of interested parties to meet The Dover War
Memorial Project to "discuss future support of other ideas for
the commemoration of war dead from the town of Dover".
If you have any comments on the above, please
let us know
April 2012. Good Friday|
Wishing everyone the
blessings of the season.
In Dover there is a
walk of witness, culminating with three crosses placed on the
Western Heights. Processions take place in many areas; left is
one in Newport Pagnell, complete with distinctly authoritarian
March 2012 "From the Front"|
The latest edition
of "From the Front" is now
Commemorating many anniversaries in this quarter, it features
events from the Dash and Raid of 1918 to the Moonlit Bombardment
of 1942 with new information and images and memories of our
There are happy anniversaries too - a 95th, a
60th, a 50th, and ... a 0th!
The new copy, entitled "For Crown and
Country" is here
March 2012. A New Birthday|
Maggie is delighted to announce
that she's on granny duties again! Samuel George arrived on 27
March at 2.15 am.
He is the son of Maggie's eldest daughter, Emily, and her
husband, Luke. Their daughter Sophie is now a big sister!
Welcome to the world, little Sam.
March 2012. A Golden Wedding|
to Joyce and Brian Banks, DWMP volunteers. Today they celebrate
their family and fifty years of happy married life together.
Wonderful news, a marvellous achievement, and well done to our
image based on
Pears#2 by the artist Bruce
2012. A Special Birthday|
We offer our
congratulations and very best wishes to our Patron, Dame Vera
Lynn DBE, LL.D,
M.Mus, who celebrates her 95th birthday today.
March 2012. "For Crown and Country"|
library in Dover is our new cabinet exhibition, "For Crown and
Country". Created in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen
Elizabeth II, the exhibition features war-time events and
casualties associated with 2 June, the date of our Queen's
coronation. Also marking the Olympic games in London this year,
the exhibition remembers national sportsmen associated
with Dover who fell in the Great War.
March 2012. Talk at the Deal Branch of the Kent Family History
Maggie and Simon were honoured to be
asked to speak at the branch about The Dover War Memorial
Thank you to everyone who came, and for the very warm
welcome. You were a wonderful audience as we remembered together
all those who Fell and who, sadly, continue to do so.
Left, at Kingsdown, the grave
of Squadron-Leader Anthony Downing, who died on 23 December 2011
after being injured in Afghanistan
9 February 2012. Florence Green|
We are sorry
to hear that Florence Green, née Patterson, has died just before
her 111th birthday. She was the the last known veteran of the
Great War. joining up a couple of months before the Armistice.
Like so many, she served on the Home Front, in her case in the
WRAF on air bases in this country.
May she rest in peace.
3 February, 2012. The Unknown Warrior Exhibition|
We're very pleased to say that the exhibition and stained-glass
window has a new home at Astor Federation for the Arts in Dover.
More news on this to come. Thank you for the great welcome,
13 January 2012. Update of Names on the Town Memorial|
In 2006, after request from The Dover War Memorial Project,
Dover Town Council resolved that every three years consideration
should be given to updating the Town Memorial with the names of Dovorian Fallen that had been requested. The first update
A new update is to be considered this year.
The names already requested are
here. If you wish to add your Dovorian Fallen loved one to
the list, please contact us.
Note: the War Memorial became Grade II listed on 9 January 2012.
Research from The Dover War Memorial Project was used, and the
DWMP website, Dover's Virtual Memorial, has been cited as a
4 January 2012. Squadron Leader Anthony Downing|
We are very sorry to hear of the death of former Dover Grammar
School for Boys pupil, Anthony (Ant) Downing. He died from
wounds in hospital in Birmingham on 23 December 2011, after the
vehicle in which he was travelling was blown up near Kabul
Afghanistan. His funeral took place in Kingsdown on 13 January.
He was 34. His companion, Captain Tom Jennings,
aged 29, was also killed.
We send our deepest sympathies to their families. May both
men rest in peace.
January 2012. The Winter 2011 edition of "From the Front" is now online
Contents include reports from a number of memorial services, with an
especial one of interest to the steam buffs amongst us, some unusual
memorials, and visits to last resting places. Ah, but beware ...
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who's the scariest one of all?
From the Front might
just tell you!
Welcome to you all to this New Year for
Remembrance. We wish you all the very best in the coming months,
and hope you will be able to live your lives to the happiest
full. It's a grand way too, we think, to thank those who Fell,
who had very little life at all.
Last year was another busy one. As always we
answered many queries and visited relatives and friends of our
Dovorian Fallen; this is one of the great pleasures of
Remembrance and we truly have met some wonderful people. This
is, we think, a beautiful legacy arising from tragedy - from
loss of loved ones comes the bringing together and meeting of
others, and the forging of great friendships.
We thank very much indeed those who have so
kindly supported The Dover War Memorial Project, through
donations, research, information, and simple friendship. On
behalf of all our volunteers, friends and supporters, were
greatly touched to receive two awards, our Mayor's Civic
Award and a Royal British Legion County Award, for The Dover War
Memorial Project to the continuing honour of our Fallen.
This year our Fallen have been greatly
honoured indeed, as Admiral the Lord Boyce,
KG, GCB, OBE, DL, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and
Constable of Dover Castle most graciously chose to become Patron
of The Dover War Memorial Project. He has taken a great interest
in our work, as does our first honoured Patron, Dame Vera Lynn.
To remember our Fallen is a great privilege and a deep trust,
and we will continue to do so with love as long as we are able.
There are many ways of ensuring our Fallen
are never forgotten, and this year we have given talks, held
exhibitions, and attended and assisted at many Remembrance
events, as well as visiting and tending to the last resting
places of our Fallen. We continued to work this year on the
large Unknown Warrior educational project; many thousands have
now seen the exhibition and educational resources are available
online and have been distributed to schools and other young
people's groups. That it is essential that the sacrifice of our
Fallen is always brought to mind is underlined by the theft of a
plaque from the memorial at River last year. An understanding of
duty, respect, empathy, and honour could not contemplate such a
What will the New Year bring? We have already
several plans in mind, including a couple of new exhibitions and
talks. The first and most important, though, is that this year
our Town Council are due to update our memorial with more names
of our Fallen. Those whose names have already been requested are
here: if you would wish your Dovorian loved one to be
commemorated this way, please do let
Thank you to you all, who never forget those who gave all
With best wishes,