Clive, good questions and thank you for the two links. I have walked up on the Warren a few times, but wasn't previously aware that the landslip was in 1915 and kept the line to Dover out of action.
So why were the troops not entrained to the pierhead? I think there may be two answers. Getting there from London via Folkestone would have meant carrying on to Folkestone Junction, then reversing back to Folkestone Harbour station. Even at that time, there does not seem to have been a direct link from Folkestone Central to Folkestone Harbour. The second reason, and it is a guess, is that the harbour station would have been reserved for outgoing materiel and incoming wounded, leaving the able-bodied to march from Folkestone Central down to the harbour. The quickest route would take them down the steep hill known ever since as the Road of Remembrance.
I think you are exactly right with this. Folkestone actually had 5 stations in the early part of the 20th century:
* Folkestone Central
* Folkestone Junction - later renamed Folkestone East (now closed, but there have been some rumours that it could be reopened when we get the fast rail link)
* Shorncliffe Station - later renamed Folkestone West
* Folkestone Harbour
* there was also a halt at Cheriton
Also, slightly further out is Sandling Station.
My guess is that most of the troops would have detrained at Sandling, Cheriton or Shorncliffe as those stations would have been closest to the camps/barracks of Shorncliffe, St Martin's Plain and Dibgate.
The road seems atmospheric to this day. It is easy to imagine the men swinging down it, masking their misgivings with bravado and quips. It is a stiff climb on the way back but with what eagerness and gusto they would have tackled these first steps on their return to home soil.
Absolutely agree. Looking forward to the day when it is spruced up.
The card was posted in 1928. The modern backdrop, if I remember correctly, is a jumble of fast-food joints.
Correct, it is a bit run down and includes a MacDonalds, an Indian restaurant, one charity shop etc. etc. The buildings behind the memorial have all been replaced by horrible 60s/70s buildings. Not sure whether this is the effect of development by itself, or of building clearance courtesy of the Luftwaffe, cross channel shelling or V1s.