Huge war memorial featuring names of all 1.7 million fallen Commonwealth soldiers proposed for Western Heights, Dover

PUBLISHED: 09:49 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 November 2017

Proposed Commonwealth war memorial

Proposed Commonwealth war memorial


The district council has today launched a month-long consultation into the plans

Proposed Commonwealth war memorial Proposed Commonwealth war memorial

A huge memorial, featuring the names of all 1.7 million Commonwealth men and women who died in the two world wars, has been proposed for erection in Dover.

The district council today (Friday) launches a month-long consultation into the plans for a unique memorial on the Western Heights, which would honour every single soldier, sailor, airman and member of the merchant navy who lost their lives.

Their names would be inscribed on 12 white granite walls, each one facing the sea and the sun.

The Western Heights in Dover have seen over 200 years of continuous military development from the Napoleonic era to the early 1960s.

The site identified for the proposed memorial was originally the location of barrack buildings built as part of the town’s Napoleonic defences.

The terracing on the site provides outstanding views across the English Channel to France.

Dover District Council is facilitating the early development of the project, which is likely to be delivered and managed by an independent charitable trust.

Development of the early proposals and initial design work has been funded by the government’s Libor Fund, which promotes activities to support and honour veterans.

The project team includes John Pegg, Baca Architects, and WSP.

The public can view the proposals online and share their views by completing a questionnaire, available to view here.

There will also be two public events at Dover Library, Market Square, Dover, CT16 1PH on Wednesday, 22 November (2pm-7pm), and Saturday, 25 November (10am-3pm), where people can view the proposals, talk to the team involved with the early development of the plans, and provide feedback.

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