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Offline Mickleburgh

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Re: Folkestone Harbour in Overlord - Neptune in June 1944
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 23:55:15 »
1914, Sept/Oct: Folkestone was the major route inward for Belgian refugees from the initial German invasion and were housed in the town prior to dispersal around the country. There is a apocryphal painting of their welcome that does not bear much relation to the reality.
1899/1900: Shorncliffe was the assembly point for troops bound for South Africa and who were presumably shipped from Folkestone (but possibly Dover). A Great Uncle of mine enlisted at Dorchester and, along with two others, found to be an experienced groom. Two days later they were sworn to the 10th Huzzars at Shorncliffe, who were about to embark their transport and needed additional horse handlers.

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Folkestone Harbour in Overlord - Neptune in June 1944
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 21:27:09 »
With the harbour taking shape in my railway model of Folkestone attention is being directed towards maritime matters as a friendly model boat builder has appeared on my social horizon.

At this moment I know of the following maritime events and scenarios which I could apply (perhaps liberally) to my model.

1900: fishing fleet of Cornish luggers.  Paddlesteamer channel ferries and excurson trips.
1910: turbine steamers for passengers and steam ships for cargo.
1914: troops of the BEF were taken to France by ex ferry troop transports.  Casualties were brought back on ex
          ferry hospital ships and loaded onto ambulance trains.
1918: the SS Onward catches fire and is scuttled at the south pier, to be salvaged and reconsitiuted as Mona's Isle
          which had an starring role at Dunkirk as firstship to complete a round voyage, and was at Normandy beaches.
1940: small vessels from Folkestone journeyed to Dunkirk,  HMS Havant dropped off Dunkirk survivors.  A mobile
          railway gun fired at passing e-boats and rocked of the rails.  German and Briitish aircraft crashed near to
          Folkestone.
1944:  HMS Allenby was established in the Royal Pavilion Hotel, hards for LST x1 and LCI x3 were built and a small
          craft maintenence team setup.  Troops were loaded onto LCI on the evening of 6 June, possibly as part of
          force L.  x12 HMDL's flew balloons as part of Operation Glimmer.  Churchill, KGVI, Montgomery visited the
         invasion forces.  Tanks and guns lined the streets to be loaded at the hards.

I wonder if there are any other interesting to tell of the south Kent coast,

David.
David,
Royal Navy, Aircraft Engineer, Project Manager, Yachtsman, Eroica Cyclist,  Railway Modeller

 

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