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Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay Statue, Admiralty Lookout, Dover Castle, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 30, 2007

The statue erected to Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, KCB KBE MVO, (January 20, 1883 - January 2, 1945) stands in the grounds of Dover Castle, near to the cliff edge. The statue stands below the victorian Officers Mess (built after the Crimean War between 1856 and 1858) and was unveiled by the Duke of Edinburgh in November, 2000.

A nearby plaque reads:

OPERATION DYNAMO 26 May-4 June 1940

The German attack on France in May 1940 led to the rapid retreat of the British and French armies. By late May, the British Expeditionary Force was trapped on the French coast, facing defeat and capture. In an unparalleled feat of organisation and leadership, Vice-Admiral Ramsay in his headquarters in the tunnels below this castle, organised the evacuation of British forces [also see the BBC's 'Miracle' of Dunkirk], together with French and Belgium soldiers from the port and beaches of Dunkirk. In ten days under his inspired command, despite relentless German attacks, ships of the Royal Navy and the Merchant Marine, aided by hundreds of 'little ships' manned by volunteers, rescued over 338,000 men. Operation Dynamo saved the British army.

The evacuation routes, plotted to avoid minefields and German gun batteries, are shown on the stone map.

The plaque also features a painting [1] cited as:

"The withdrawal from Dunkirk, June 1940" Charles Ernest Cundall R A Imperial War Museum, London

After Operation Dynamo, Admiral Ramsay was involved in defending the Straits of Dover (English Channel) from the expected German invasion, code-named Operation Sea Lion.

[1] A painting titled, "Withdrawal from Dunkirk, June 1940" by Richard Ernst Eurich, different from the one on the plaque, is held by Maritime Art Greenwich. The plaque painting also appears under the "Operation Dynamo" entry on this Dover Castle - Introduction" webpage.


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.


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

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.

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

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

John Latter on October 27, 2010

John Latter, on October 30, 2007, said:

The statue erected to Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, KCB KBE MVO, (January 20, 1883 - January 2, 1945) stands in the grounds of Dover Castle, near to the cliff edge.

At the base of the cliffs is "8 East Cliff", the house occupied by Charles Lightoller during the First World War (he was the senior surviving officer of the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster).

Also see the Dover Civic War Memorial and Maison Dieu House, the Dover Merchant Navy War Memorial, and all other statue photos.

John Latter

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

This is the Images of Dover website: click on any red or blue "John Latter" link to access the Entry Page.

John Latter on December 4, 2010

John Latter, on October 30, 2007, said:

The statue erected to Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, KCB KBE MVO, (January 20, 1883 - January 2, 1945) stands in the grounds of Dover Castle, near to the cliff edge [and] stands below the victorian Officers Mess.

The statute stands close to the Admiralty Lookout station, but I haven't uploaded a photo of it yet.

There are, however, currently three photos of the victorian Officers Mess (alt. Officers New Barracks, Officers Quarters):

The Victorian Officers Mess, Queen Elizabeth Road

Main Entrance Steps, Victorian Officers Mess

West Wing Controversy, Officers New Barracks

John Latter on June 17, 2011

Click to see a photo of the First World War Admiralty Lookout and Port War Signal Station, Dover Castle.

This is where Ramsay raised his flag when he first arrived in Dover prior to Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo.

Admiralty Look Out is located about 60 yards east of Ramsay's statue.

John Latter on June 17, 2011

There's more about Admiral Ramsay's association with Dover in the White Cliffs of Dover Castle from the Roman Empire to the Cold War photo.

John Latter on August 13, 2011

A new, better quality and larger, photo of the statue has been uploaded:

The Statue of Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay in Dover Castle

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  • Uploaded on October 30, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2007/10/05 15:59:55
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