The Dover Patrol Memorial Service for 2019 took place on Sunday the 21st July at Leathercote Point, St Margaret’s at Cliffe.
The Memorial was erected to remember all those who served to keep the Channel safe during the Great War 1914 – 18, and a plaque was then added to acknowledge those whose served on the Dover Patrol during WW2.
16 standards were paraded, including those from the RMA by ‘Dusty’ Miller and from the GBA by Gerry Bowers. There were a small number of RMA members present, with a good turnout of former members of HM forces, spectators, and the TS Lynx Dover and Deal Sea Cadets including their band.
The Service was conducted by the Rev. Dr Stephen Edward Young, with the Exhortation given by John Elms, Vice Chairman of the local RBL. Several dignitaries were in attendance and 20 wreaths were laid – these included ones by the Deal Town Mayor Mrs Eileen Rowbottom, and the Dover & Deal MP Charlie Elphicke. The parade was reviewed by William McKinlay Howie.
Music, including the Last Post and Reveille was played by the Victory War Time Band, with the Sea Cadet Band giving an excellent display at the end of the Service.
Tracie Thomas – RMA Committee
Photos courtesy of Bob Davies