On 9th November, the Sittingbourne community remembered Col Donald Dean VC. Col Dean was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918 for bravery and devotion to duty near Lens in France, and was invested with his Victoria Cross at Buckingham Palace by King George VI in February 1919. He also fought in World War Two and died in Sittingbourne in 1985 at the age of 88. Continue reading the main BBC story
Col Dean was honoured with a commemorative paving stone which was placed in the Sittingbourne War Memorial area, and a dedication service which took place at 2.30pm on November 9, 2014 as part of Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Sittingbourne Town Centre. Read more on the Swale Borough Council website.
At Swale Borough Council we are working to support local organisations planning First World War Commemorative Projects by providing guidance and promoting awareness and how to get involved.
We have produced a project form http://www.swale.gov.uk/assets/Community/World-War-I-Centenary-Project-Form.pdf and encouraged it’s completion and return in order that we can upload details on to a dedicated webpage on the Council’s website http://www.swale.gov.uk/centenary-ww1/ .
The North Kent Coast and it’s communities played a key role in the First World War and we want to ensure this is reflected in any acts of remembrance and commemoration that are planned locally during the centenary period.
If you are planning a regional project or event that will be working in the Swale area please let us know and we will signpost and direct you to those groups and local people that can add value to your project.