“Step Short” Organization Proposes WW1 Memorial Arch in Folkestone

British troops marching through Folkestone on the way to the Front.

British troops marching through Folkestone on the way to the Front.

During the First World War, the English town of Folkestone was a key port of embarkation for soldiers bound for the Western Front.  According to estimates, some 10 million troops from around the world passed through the Kentish town on the way to Europe between 1914 and 1918.

The road leading to the harbor, now known as “The Road of Remembrance”, has become a focal point for a British  charitable organization called Step Short – which takes its name from the order given to troops as they marched downhill to the docks.  Among Step Short’s several projects is a proposed memorial arch honoring all those from around the world who passed through the town on the way to participate in The First World War.  The group is hoping for UK government support for the memorial arch project.

Step Short’s other projects include renovations to the road itself, and the creation of a Visitor’s Centre focusing on The First World War.  For more information, visit Step Short’s website here.