Category Archives: World War II

Dunkirk Evacuation

Between 26 May and 4 June 1940, 338,226 British and Allied troops were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk, France. The town and port of Dover, together with many civilians, played a crucial part.   Following the German invasion of Poland, World … Continue reading

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Oil Mills – Part II

The Oil Mills, on Limekiln Street in the Pier District of Dover, made seed cake for cattle and oil mainly for domestic use. The factory backed onto the cliffs within which the old caves excavated for lime making had been … Continue reading

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Ostend Raid, Francis O’Connor and the Battle of Britain Almshouses

Following the outbreak World War I (1914-1918) in August 1914, Germany swept through Belgium routing the country’s army and capturing the Belgium coast. There they commandeered the ship canal at Bruges as a base for submarines (U-boats), as it provided outlets … Continue reading

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Dover, St Margaret’s and Martin Mill Railway Line – Part II

Part 1 of the story of  Dover, St Margaret’s and Martin Mill Light Railway Company (Light Railway Company), describes its formation in 1909 and was owned by: Sir William Crundall – Chairman of Dover Harbour Board; Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st … Continue reading

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Gertrude Toland – Buckland Hospital’s Extraordinary Doctor

On Dover’s Seafront is a seat dedicated to Dr. Gertrude Toland, there is also a plaque to her memory at Buckland Hospital. These are both in commemoration of her tireless work during the evacuation of Dunkirk, which although generally known was … Continue reading

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