Dover and Folkestone During the Great War

Dover and Folkestone During the Great War

by Christine George, Michael George


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For centuries the south coast of Kent – in particular the ports of Dover and Folkestone - have been England’s front line, as her enemies have planned invasions and launched attacks from just across the Channel. During the Great War of 1914-1918 these two towns were again vulnerable to enemy action, and they played a vital role in war effort. As this well-researched and highly illustrated book shows, the people of the Channel Ports suffered from bombardment by air and sea. They also played a significant role in the experience of the men who fought in the Great War. For the humble soldier, this stretch of coastline had a personal meaning - it represented ‘Blighty’. It might be the last thing the departing Tommy would see of his country and, for a soldier returning wounded or on leave, the White Cliffs on the horizon were his first glimpse of home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844158423
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 06/25/2009
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael & Christine George are historians and authors.

Table of Contents

Foreword Allan Willett CMG ix

Abbreviations x

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 The Last Days of Peace 1

Chapter 2 Folkestone 1914 9

The Great Adventure

The Belgian Refugees

Kitchener's Army

Aliens, Spies and DORA

'It will be over by Christmas'

Chapter 3 Folkestone 1915-1918 29

The Arrival of the Canadians

Clarence Booth: the Soldier's Tale

To the Western Front

The Troopships

Rest Camps, Recreation and Religion

The Cocaine Scandal

Mutual Respect

The Sussex Incident

The Chinese Labour Corps

1918: Another Year of War

The Sabotage of HMTS Onward

In the Air

Walter Tull: Folkestone's Black Hero

A Mother's Last Kiss

Chapter 4 The Great Air Raid of 1917 63

Chapter 5 Dover 1914-1915 77

Fortress Dover

Harold Rosher, RNAS, Aviator

The Cuxhaven Raid, Christmas Day 1914

SS Montrose, the Reluctant Warrior

Harold Rosher, 1915

The Air Raid on Dover, 9 August 1915

Harold Rosher's Return to Dover

The Sinking of the Hospital Ship Anglia, 17 November 1915

The Railway Disaster of 1915

Chapter 6 Dover 1916-1918 97

The Key to the Kingdom

The Air Raids Continue

Harold Rosher, 1916

The Sinking of P&O Maloja

More Air Raids

German Destroyers Sink HMS Flirt and HMTS Queen

1917: All Quiet on the Western Front

Swift and Broke Strike Back

Summer 1917: the Gotha Raids

The Last Daytime Air Raid

Air Raids in the Moonlight

1918: Hardship on the Home Front

The Final Onslaught

The Sacrifice of HMS Glatton

Chapter 7 The Dover Patrol and the Zeebrugge Raid 121

The Dover Patrol

The Airships

The Drifters and Trawlers

The Raid on Zeebrugge

The Challenge

The Plan

'St Georgefor England': the Attack

Chapter 8 Peace Returns 151



The Last Word

Selected Bibliography 161

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