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In celebration of their Commonwealth connections, a high-ranking delegation from Bangladesh visited East Kent last Friday to visit the site of the National War Memorial to be built on the White Cliffs. Led by Major Rafiqul Islam MP Bir Uttom, a renowned hero of Bangladesh’s own war of independence, the party of nine Members of Parliament and five officials was welcomed to Dover District Council by its Chairman and the district’s first citizen, Cllr Sue Nicholas.  After an exchange of greetings and symbols of friendship, the delegation from the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs was treated to a detailed briefing by the National War Memorial Chairman, David Foley.

He outlined the plans to build a permanent and lasting tribute to the 1.7 million servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth who died in the service of this country in the First and Second World Wars. The white granite walls to be built on Dover’s White Cliffs will include over 62,000 names from the Indian sub-continent. Design Director John Pegg then spoke about the history of memorialisation in the twentieth century and explained how the National War Memorial will complement the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall and the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire which commemorates those killed on active service since 1945. The presentation was completed by Tim Ingleton, Head of Inward Investment at Dover District Council, and Rob Prince, Operations Director at CGI plc, who described how the world’s largest war memorial would fit into the overall development plans for Western Heights and Farthingloe.

The delegation then visited the site of the National War Memorial on Dover’s Western Heights and was welcomed by John Iverson of Dover Museum who gave a conducted tour of the nearby Drop Redoubt together with a fascinating account of its history since the time of Napoleon.

After lunch in Ramsgate, the party visited Dover Castle and were able to see for themselves the rooms where Admiral Ramsey planned Operation Dynamo, the brilliant evacuation of over 338,000 soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940.

David Foley said: “We are delighted that the Bangladesh Parliament and the Bangladesh High Commission have shown such strong support for the National War Memorial. Now that planning permission has been granted, we can expect other Commonwealth countries to join us in commemorating the contribution made by their citizens to the freedoms we all enjoy today”. 

 

Information

David Foley

Tel: 07967 284850

Email: info@nationalwarmemorial.co.uk

John Pegg

Tel: 0207 538 9010

Email: mail@craftpegg.com

Tim Ingleton

Tel: 01304 821199

Email: Tim.Ingleton@dover.gov.uk

 

www.nationalwarmemorial.co.uk

The War Memorial (Company No. 07420413)  

Registered Office: St James's Street, Dover, Kent CT16 1QD

Correspondence: National War Memorial, c/o Dover District Chamber of Commerce, Honeywood Road, Whitfield, Dover Kent CT16 3EH

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