Dover Memorials


Bleriots Memorial

A commemorative memorial on the spot where Louis Bleriot landed his plane after the first channel crossing on 25th July 1909. Good, constructed of granite blocks 4″ thick approx. 2’ by 1’ set into the turf. Covered sparsely with yellow lichen.

The Dover War Memorial

The War Memorial depicts a bronze figure of Youth, feet encircled by thorns, hands up-stretched to grasp a fiery cross. The symbol of Youth is symbolic of self-sacrifice and devotion. His hand grasping the cross enveloped in flame suggests the triumph of the spirit over bodily suffering. The thorns at his feet represent the difficulties in the path of life overcome.
The memorial was the work of Reginald R Goulden who was born in Dover in 1877. Educated at Dover College, he went to the Dover School of Art where he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.
During the First World War he was in the front line in France in 1915 and 1916 and was mentioned in dispatches.
This memorial to the people of Dover who had died in the First World War was unveiled on 5th November 1924 by Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes.
After the Second World War new inscriptions were added and it was re-dedicated to the dead of both World Wars.

Dover Marine War Memorial

Dover Marine War Memorial stands in the old Dover Marine Station in the Western Docks, Dover, England. It is currently used as a berthing station for cruise ships with cars parked in the Station.
The memorial was created in remembrance of South Eastern and Chatham Railway employees who served during World War I. The Railway had 5,222 individuals who served of whom 556 had died,
The winged “Victory” figure on the memorial holds the “torch of truth”. The bronze figurine stands on a granite plinth. At the feet of this “Winged Victory” figure is a sailor and a soldier. The memorial also consists of a wall inscribed with the names of those who fell in World War I. Those remembered are the 556 men of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway who laid down their lives in the Great War and 626 men of the Southern Railway who died fighting in World War II.
The war memorial was unveiled on 28 October 1922 by R.H Cosmo-Bonsor the Chairman of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway Managing Committee and the sculptor was Mr. W. C. H. King.
In his career, Mr. King worked closely with Gilbert Bayes and was the sculptor of the statue of Robert Owen in Newtown, Powys, finished after Bayes had died. King also sculpted the Great War memorial in St Peter’s Church, Wolverhampton, and some statuary in the niches of the tower of All Souls College in Oxford.