Figure of Youth, Dover Civic War Memorial, Maison Dieu House, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 21, 2007

Dover's War Memorial stands on the south-eastern side of the Town Hall and in front of Maison Dieu House.

The inscription reads:

"To the Glorious Memory of the People of Dover who gave their lives in the Great Wars 1914-1919, 1939-1945".

The location of the memorial can also be seen in this Wikimapia satellite photo.

There is also a website dedicated to Dover War Memorial which has collated information from a number of sources including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the National Archives of the United Kingdom, and Dover library.

Dover in World War Two: 1942 (1) is a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

The whole video can be seen at Dover in World War Two: 1942 or choose one of the other pre-selected entry points:

Dunkirk Evacuation 0:00:40

Winston Churchill 0:01:22

The Mayor 0:05:49

Dover Town Hall 0:06:25

St Martin's Battery 'Look-A-Like' 0:07:03

Pencester Gardens 0:09:41

In 1942, Dover was in that part of Kent known as 'Hellfire Corner'.

The 5 stills/frames in this series are:

Dover Castle

Pencester Gardens

Shore Battery

Town Centre (Center)

Town Hall

(1) Original titles: Dover (1942) or Dover Front Line.

[This entry was originally posted on March 27, 2007]

John Latter on October 30, 2007


These currently include the following but check the "Statue" tag for later additions:

Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay - Co-ordinator of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of predominately British and French troops from Dunkirk between May and June of 1940 (World War II)

Captain Matthew Webb - First recorded English Channel swimmer

Charles Stewart Rolls - Co-founder (with Sir Henry Royce) of Rolls Royce motor cars. Commemorating his non-stop flight across the English Channel and back on June 2nd, 1910.

Louis Bleriot Memorial - Located where Bleriot landed after making the first Channel flight by aeroplane on Sunday 25th July 1909

John Latter on October 24, 2009

The statue was designed by Richard Goulden, and after describing the base of Cornish granite upon which it stands, The Dover War Memorial website continues:

The [base] is surmounted by a bronze figure. Cast in several pieces probably by the ancient “lost wax” method, it was welded together, burnished, and fastened to the granite base by a brass dowel locking into the statue. According with the desire of the Council to educate young people, the figure represents Youth in self-sacrificial devotion, spiritually triumphing over bodily suffering and the thorny difficulties of life.

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John Latter on October 27, 2010

This statue is also shown in the Dover Civic War Memorial and Maison Dieu House image.

Also see Dover's Merchant Navy War Memorial photo.

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  • Uploaded on March 27, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/03/27 11:24:33
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash