Folkestone: The Last Sight of Home or Finally Rescued

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Date(s) - 18/10/2015
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Entrance to The Grand Hotel


Folkestone, a Kent seaside resort made fashionable by the Victorians, played a very important role in the First World War with approximately 10 million troops and others, including nurses, passing through its port. For many soldiers who left for the Western Front from Folkestone, its harbour was their last sight of home.

However, Folkestone’s story is about far more than just troop movements. It also witnessed the arrival of thousands of Belgian refugees and the severe loss of civilians’ lives during the air raids carried out by Zeppelins of the German Air Force.

Folkestone was also notable for being a centre of military intelligence during the war. Because of its location as a point of entry and departure to and from Britain, the town became a major target for German spies.

On this 1.5-hour walk with local Blue Badge guide, Tatyana Firth you will see the town’s principal Great War locations. Following the same route  soldiers took to the point where they were given a command “Step short!”, we will see the new Memorial Arch – an initiative of Step Short, a local education charity. The Arch was unveiled on the centenary of Britain’s entry into the war, August 4, 2014. We finish our walk at the newly refurbished Harbour Arm, with its historic railway tracks and platform from where thousands of soldiers embarked on ships heading towards the Western Front.

Folkestone - Grand Hotel 815

Folkestone - platform 815

Folkestone - boats 815


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