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A commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918 took place at the Cross of Sacrifice at St James’ cemetery in Dover on St George’s Day April 23. Present on this very special occasion were the CGRM Maj Gen C R Stickland OBE and Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL, and members from the Royal Marines Band Collingwood who also supplied the bugler for the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’. Many wreaths were laid from the large number of people attending which included those from our MP Charlie Elphicke, town Mayor’s from around Kent, local dignitaries, representatives from Belgium and Germany, and several from relatives lost on that day so long ago. The Branch wreath was laid by Bob Davies, also present were our Chairman Paul Richardson, Ben Stones, Chris Wiltshire, and club members John Elms, Malcolm Gibbons, Edward Barkway, and our Standard was paraded by ‘Dusty’ Miller. The RMA ‘Riders’ Branch were well represented.
On completion of the service we were all returned to the town centre by the coaches and where the full RM Band marched from the Market Square, and were followed by a Company of serving Royal Navy personal from HMS Somerset, and River Class Boats, Trumpeter, Scimitar and Ranger, followed by the Standards, and they were followed by all the dignitaries and guests. The parade marched to the town hall where a further short service was held, and the Commemorative Bell, which used to hang at the end of the Mole where fierce fighting took place, and which was presented to Dover from the people of Zeebrugge as a memorial to all those lost, was sounded ‘Eight Times’.
On completion of this a reception was held in the Connaught room in the town hall.