Category Archives: Armed Services

Dover’s Seaplane Base and Mote Bulwark Part II

Part 1 of Dover’s Seaplane Base and Mote Bulwark started with the foundation of Mote Bulwark, the military site at the base of the Castle cliffs on the east side of Dover bay. This remained in the hands of the military … Continue reading

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Dover’s Seaplane Base and Mote Bulwark Part I

Dover Seaplane Base and Mote Bulwark, the ruins of the latter can still be seen, were on the east side of Dover Bay close to the present day A20 access road to Eastern Docks. Although both played important roles in … Continue reading

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Rifles Monument

The Grade II Listed Rifles Monument, on New Bridge twix Camden Crescent and Cambridge Terrace, near the seafront, is a grand granite edifice with bronze decorations. It is 5.5metres (18feet) high and 2metres 6feet) square and is the only one … Continue reading

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Sir Francis Cockburn (1780-1868) – Canada, Belize, Bahamas and Dover

General Sir Francis Cockburn (1780-1868), is yet another unsung hero of Dover. Twice, during his army career his political masters assigned him to oblivion for his humanitarian stance. Nonetheless, he played a major role in the European settlement of Canada, … Continue reading

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Captain Carey, the Queen and World War I shipping in the Channel.

Newsflash, the Times special correspondent in Folkestone 28th October 1914: ‘The French Steamer Amiral Ganteaume carrying about 2,500 French refugees from Calais to Havre, struck a floating mine this afternoon about 12 miles off Cape Gris Nez. It is believed … Continue reading

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