On 8 November 2018 the annual ‘Service of Remembrance’ was held in the Cruise Terminal buildings at Dover’s Western Docks. The magnificent memorial situated there was erected in 1922 to the memory of the 556 South Eastern and Chatham railwaymen who gave their lives in the Great War, and was also later dedicated to the 626 men who lost their lives in WW2.
This service also welcomes the ‘Remembrance Torch’, carried and escorted with Standards by a delegation of ex-servicemen. This ‘Torch’ is lit in Westminster Abbey at the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Warrior’, and taken via Dover to several memorial sites in Belgium, and ending at the Menin Gate in Ypres for the service there on Armistice Day on the 11th November.
‘Dusty’ Miller carried our Branch Standard and ‘Timber’ Wood the GBA Standard, joining the other 18 plus Standards on parade. Also present were Bob Davies and Gerry Bowers, who laid a wreath on behalf of the GBA.
A large attendance at this important event included many local dignitaries, with representatives from the emergency services, the Duke of York’s school, local school children, and with the Mayors of Dover, Folkstone, New Romney and our own Mayor of Deal Cllr Nick Tomaszewski.
On conclusion of the main service a further short service was held inside the main building at the plaque which remembers the passing through this port and station of the body of the ‘Unknown Warrior’ on 10 November 1922 on its way to its final resting place in Westminster Abbey. A wreath was laid there by a representative of the Dover Society.