This years Dover Patrol Memorial Service was held on a damp, wild and windy day at 1045hrs on 29 July 2018 at Lethercote Point, St Margarets-at- Cliff.
The Memorial obelisk was dedicated during this month in 1921 and was erected to remember all those who served to keep the Channel waters safe during the Great War 1914-1918, and an additional plaque remembers those members of the Dover Patrol who served during WW2.
There were twelve veterans association standards on parade with our Branch Standard carried by ‘Dusty’ Miller and the Green Beret Association (GBA) Standard carried by ‘Timber’ Wood. Bob Davies and Ben Stones also attended to represent the Branch.
The service was led by The Rev John Lines MBE, Chaplin to the Downs Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), assisted by Mr Malcolm Gibbons, the music and songs by the Victory Wartime Band and the Parade Marshall was from the RBL. The ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ Bugle calls were sounded by CSgt ‘Pastie’ Cornish RM.
The ‘Exhortation’ was given by club member Mr John Elms, the ‘Kohima Epitaph’ was given by Mr Peter Woods Chairman of the local branch of the Burma Star Association and ‘Nelsons Prayer’ was recited by Mrs Shirley Heaton, former Wren.
After the laying of wreaths, which because of the severe weather conditions the members of the Dover and Deal Sea Cadet Corps assisted as recipients, the Reviewing Officer, our Branch President Col David Storrie OBE RM (Retd) inspected the Standard Bearers whom had stood firm in very difficult conditions. Well done to all!
On completion of the event all attending where invited to have light refreshments in the St Margarets village hall, for which we thank them very much.
THE UNVEILING AND DEDICATION OF THE DOVER PATROL MEMORIAL IN 1921.