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STEP SHORT

The aim is to renovate the Road of Remembrance and turn it into a permanent memorial to all the millions of First World War soldiers who would have marched down on it on the way to the battlefields of the Western Front. The road was originally called Slope Road but was renamed in the early 1920s. At the time it was planted with rosemary (‘for remembrance’) and we hope to reinstate that.

 

Soldiers were be given the command “Step Short” so that they shortened their stride, so their hob-nailed boots did not slip on the steep slope that leads to the harbour. Here they would have boarded the cross channel steamers that took them over to Boulogne. Many would have passed through Folkestone several times as the leave boats travelled between Boulogne and Folkestone. For those that did not return, Folkestone would have been the last place they saw in Britain.

Almost every family in Britain would have had a relative who passed through Folkestone in the Great War. More information HERE