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STEP SHORT PARADE 22 July 2018

With France visible across the Strait of Dover, Folkestone 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 including 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, Majors Adele Rutledge, Christine Duchemin, Liz Gregory and Major Gwin Foley as standard bearer, paraded for Millbank Branch of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association.  We were proud to join approximately 200 others on parade from military Associations including between 20-30 standards being proudly carried.

2018 marks a special milestone in our commemoration of all those who were involved in WW1 but particularly those who marched down the hill now known as the Road of Remembrance to Folkestone Harbour and the and battlefields beyond.

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