The Road to the Somme 2008... Jul 6, 2008 11:05:15 GMT 1
Post by Waverley on Jul 6, 2008 11:05:15 GMT 1
The Folkestone War Memorial which stands at the top of the cliff which over looks the Road of Remembrance the road which led down to the docks where the British soldiers where shipped over to France during the Great War.
Remembrance Road is marked in memory of the countless thousands of British Infantry men who walked down this road before setting sail to France on the waiting troopships in the harbour.
A memorial stone marks the start of Remembrance Road in memory of The Fallen...the road is lined with rosemary as a sign of Remembrance
It was down this road that the men of the 15th & 16th Battalions of the Highland Light Infantry marched down to the waiting ships before they embarked for France on the night of 22nd November 1915.
The view of the original harbour area were the soldiers boarded their troopships to France.The vast majority of British troops were transported to France from Folkestone Harbour to Boulogne whereas freight and supplies were mainly transported from Dover to Calais. Other supplies plus equipment were also sent via Southampton to Le Havre as was the case of the 17th Battalion of the HLI.
The famous Prince of Orange public house in Dover the traditional 'watering-hole' of our group whenever we travelled over to or coming back from the Continent...sadly the pub is now closed and is up for sale.
The Dover War Memorial
The name of Walter Daniel Tull on the Dover War Memorial. Although born in Folkestone his name appears on the Dover War Memorial some six miles away from Folkestone.
The Thiepval Memorial To The Missing which has the names of 73,000 plus names inscribed on it of British soldiers who have no known graves. We attended the Memorial Service there at 10.30 am.
My big mate Ian Alexander of the War Research Society who traditionally pipes in the dignatories to the Thiepval Remembrance Service and plays the laments on the pipes.
The Rev Dr Ian R K Paisley MP, MLA takes time out to shake hands with the not so rich and famous members of the congregation at the Thiepval Memorial Service....
Maureen at the City of Glasgow Memorial bench in Authuille village which we had placed in there in the year 2003...the bushes were also taken over from Glasgow and and are now blooming on French soil in memory of our Glagsow soldiers.
Crucifix Corner at the crossroads to Authuille, Ovilliers and Aveluy. It was here on the evening of Friday 30th of June 1916 that the Roman Catholic soldiers of the 15th , 16th & 17th Highland Light Infantry dropped out to take which for many was to be their last Mass and Holy Communion.
The grave of Serjeant James Yuill Turnbull VC in Lonsdale Cemetery.
The grave of Private James Henderson in Lonsdale Cemetery. It was after visiting this grave in July 1990 that I decided to try and trace his family from Parkhead which I eventually did...in many ways he was responsible for my interest in the Great War. He lived at 490 Great Eastern Road which is now 1314 Gallowgate which is the building where the Black Bull pub is locate.
The Orange Order Memorial at the Ulster Tower.
The Rev.Dr Victor H Ryan and two members of Thiepval LOL 1916 at the Orange Order Memorial...I believe the guy on the left is Billy Smart a Bridgeton man.
The Lambeg drummers beat the retreat from the Ulster Tower...