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STEP SHORT PARADE 6 AUGUST 2017

Folkestone developed as a port because of its transport links. With France visible across the Strait of Dover the town became an important transit point in WW1 for soldiers including nurses leaving for the battlefields of the Western Front.

From August 2014 until the end of the war approximately 10 million men passed through the port to France and others who were  returning on leave or who were wounded requiring hospital treatment.

Embarkation was from the Leas, the cliffs above the harbour, and men marched down a steep hill to the boats that would take them to France. The word of command given to the marching men was, ‘step short’ and so today we honour all those who fought and gave their lives in WW1 at the Step Short Parade at the War Memorial Arch situated on the Leas directly above the harbour.

Col Jane Carey-Harris, Maj Adele Rutledge and Maj Gwin Foley as standard bearer, paraded for Millbank Branch of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association.

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