This years annual Service of Remembrance held at the Cruise Terminal in Dover’s Western Docks took place on 8 November at 1045hrs. Our two Standards were present, the Branch carried by ‘Dusty’ Miller and the GBA by Jimmy Green. Also present to represent the Branch was Bob Davies.
This service is held to remember all those railwaymen who worked on the South Eastern and Chatham Railway and who died serving their country in both World Wars. The Roll of Honour names 556 from WW1 and 626 from WW2.
The service is held at the large War Memorial which was erected in1922.
Also taking part in the service were members of the British Torch of Remembrance escort, which was lit in Westminster Abbey and is passing through Dover on its way to Belgium, first to their Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then onto the Menin Gate for the Armistice Day Service on the 11th.
The service was conducted by the Lay Chaplain to the Port of Dover, Flt Lt Malcolm Sawyer RAFVR (Retd). Many wreaths were laid including those from Dover District Council, and Shepway, Folkestone councils, and the Deputy Mayor of Deal.
Bob Davies laid a wreath on behalf of the Chairman and members of the Green Beret Commando Association.
The Bugle Calls were sounded by members of the Duke of York’s Military School.
On completion of this event a short wreath laying was carried out by the Dover Society at the plaque that commemorates the passing through Dover on 10 November 1920 of the body of the Unknown Warrior on its journey to its final resting place in Westminster Abbey. This was concluded with a piped lament.