Before moving to Norfolk I lived in Kent and I spent some time back there recently, specifically in Folkestone – from where so many soldiers departed for the Front during the war.
The last part of the route taken by the soldiers on their way to the harbour was renamed The Road of Remembrance after the war and at present is festooned with beautiful knitted poppies.
At the top of the hill a new memorial was dedicated on 4th August 2014 and is a stylish arch to mark where most of the soldiers would have walked.
It is a moving memorial to the soldiers (including my own great-grandfather) who departed for the front from Folkestone.
Life in Folkestone in 1914 is coming to life wonderfully in the BBC Radio 4 serial “Home Front” and I am certainly enjoying catching up with the omnibus episode each week.
After undertaking some family history research thanks to colleagues at the Norfolk Record Office the series is really helping me to understand what life was like for my direct ancestors.