2015 Cruise Terminal Service

The Annual Service of Remembrance held at the Cruise Terminal in Dover’s Western Docks took place on Saturday 7 November 2015 at 1030hrs.
Our Branch was represented by our two Standards, the RMA by ‘Dusty’ Miller, and the GBA by Jimmy Green. Also in attendance were Bob Davies and Mike Conn.
The service is held to remember all those railwaymen who worked on the South Eastern and Chatham railway, and who died whilst serving their country during both World Wars. The casualty list names 556 who were killed during WW1 and 626 during WW2.
The service is held facing the large Bronze War Memorial which was erected in 1922, and was designed by the sculptor W C H King.
The service was held, as is usual, in conjunction with the passing through Dover of the British Torch of Remembrance, which is lit in Westminster Abbey and travels to Belgium, first to their Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then on to the Menin Gate.
This years service started with the dedication of the Standard of the newly formed Dover White Cliffs Branch of the Royal British Legion.
During the main service wreaths were laid by the many dignitaries and associations present, with a wreath laid on behalf of the Green Beret Association by Bob.
On conclusion of the service, a Piper from the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas led the Standards and all those attending to the place where a memorial plague is situated which comemorates the Unknown Warrior,which passed through Dover on November 22 1920, on its journey to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey. Here a wreath was laid by the Dover Society, and ended with the playing of a piped lament.

Torch of Remembrance

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