World War 1 Commemorations in Folkestone

Heritage & Regeneration
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2010 onwards

It is thought that up to 10 million troops may have passed through Folkestone during the First World War War en route to or from the battlefields of northern France and Belgium.

Since 2010 grants totalling £130,000 have been made by The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust to support different aspects of the work of Step Short, the independent charity set up to help coordinate initiatives that recognise the unique role played by Folkestone and its people during the 1914 -1918 conflict.

The “Mole Cafe” was located on Folkestone’s Harbour Arm, where sisters Margaret and Florence Jeffery, supported by a team of volunteers, served tea and refreshments to servicemen and medical personnel passing through the port. The sisters were awarded OBEs, as well as Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Medal and France’s Medal of Gratitude.

The Trust’s donations have been used towards the design of Step Short’s website, digitising the very extensive records of those who signed visitors’ books at the Jeffery sisters’ cafe, designing and delivering an education programme and towards enabling the development and construction of the Memorial Arch on The Leas.

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