World War I Zeebrugge Bell of Dover Town Hall, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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Formerly located on the Zeebrugge Mole, this bronze bell was presented to Dover Corporation by King Albert I of Belgium after the First World War. Rung at noon every St George's Day to commemorate the Zeebrugge Raid of April 23rd 1918 led by Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes. The Victoria Cross was awarded 11 times (and 679 other decorations). Urban Dover: Listed Building, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, War Memorial, and History.

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John Latter on February 12, 2013

Dover Town Hall is located in the High Street near the junction of Biggin Street and Priory Road, opposite Effingham Crescent. The location of the Zeebrugge Bell war memorial on the building is shown in this photo:

Dover Town Hall in Sunshine and Shadow

From Zeebrugge Raid:

The Zeebrugge Raid was an attempt by the British Royal Navy to neutralize the key Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge by sinking older British ships in the canal entrance to prevent German ships from leaving port. The port was used by the German Navy as a base for their U-boats and light shipping, which was a serious threat to Allied shipping, especially in the English Channel.

From HMS Vindictive (1897):

One of the ships that took part in the operation was HMS Vindictive whose Captain, Alfred Carpenter was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions during the raid. She was sunk as a blockship at Ostend during the Second Ostend Raid on 10 May 1918. The wreck was raised on 16 August 1920 and subsequently broken up. The bow section has been preserved in Ostend harbour serving as a memorial. One of Vindictive's 7.5-inch howitzers was acquired and preserved by the Imperial War Museum.

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John Latter on February 12, 2013

See Dover Town Hall from Priory Road and all other Town Hall photos.

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  • Uploaded on February 12, 2013
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2013/02/05 09:37:40
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 39.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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