This years Dover Patrol Memorial Service took place on Sunday 23 July at 10.45hrs at Lethercote Point, St. Margarets-at-Cliff.
The memorial obelisk stands on the cliff overlooking the English Channel and was dedicated during this month in 1921. It was erected to remember all those who kept the Channel waters safe for all the troops crossing to and from the Western Front during the Great War. It is unusually dated 1914 – 1919, because the Minesweepers continued to ‘Sweep’ the channel to ensure it was completely safe.
There were sixteen Standards on the Parade with our Branch Standard carried by ‘Dusty’ Miller and the Green Beret Association Standard carried by Jimmy Green. Also in attendance to represent the Branch were Mike Baxter and ‘Timber’ Wood. Bob Davies was there as well who carried the Downs Branch Standard of the Royal British Legion.
The service was led by the Rev John Lines MBE, and the Parade Marshall was Mr Julian De Zille with the music supplied by the Snowdown Colliery Brass Band.
The ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ bugle calls were by C/Sgt Andy Cornish RM, who last carried out this duty at this location thirty one years ago as a newly trained Corps Bugler.
The Exhortation was read by Mr Austin Walker MBE the Downs Branch RBL President, the Kohima Epitaph by Mr Malcolm Gibbons, and Nelsons Prayer by Mr Mike Baxter.
The main wreath layer and Reviewing Officer was Admiral of the Fleet and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL.
On completion of the event all were invited to have light refreshments in the St. Margarets village hall, for which we thank them very much.
The Unveiling of the Dover Patrol Monument.