Category Archives: Armed Services

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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Falkland’s Conflict – the Terence Lewin story

Moray House, 103 Maison Dieu Road is now the presbytery for the adjacent St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. In the early part of 20th century it was where the Lewin family lived and on 19 November 1920, where Terence Thornton … Continue reading

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Dover’s Home Guard

In the run up to World War II (1939-1945), the United Kingdom was preparing for the eventually of war. In 1938, air raid wardens were being recruited and households were given advice on how to build air-raid shelters in their … Continue reading

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Langdon Prison

When Dover Castle was built in the reign of Henry II (1154-1189), included was a prison and this was situated near the Canon’s Gate at the main entrance. Initially, it was a general-purpose prison, then a political and ecclesiastical prison … Continue reading

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