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Your Country Calls: Enlistment to Embarkation

Last updated: 25 June 2014

Folkestone Town Hall, Kent

24 June 2014 - 8 May 2015

In partnership with Step Short and Folkestone Town Council

Discover the journey undertaken by millions of men during the First World War as they left their civilian lives to take up arms and answer their country’s call.

Explore the crucial role Folkestone played as a refuge for the thousands of Belgians who fled the German war machine. Their plight touched the British nation and prompted many men to join the war effort.

This fascinating exhibition draws on the rich Collection of the National Army Museum along with local artefacts and stories to explore how Folkestone became a gateway between Britain and the rest of Europe.

Associated events and talks

Call to Arms

4 August 2014
To coincide with the unveiling of the Step Short Memorial Arch, a team of First World War interpreters will be out and about on the streets of Folkestone. Will you be answering your country’s call?

Raising the New Army: British Recruiting Posters, 1914–15

25 September 2014
Speaker: David Bownes

Steady the Buffs! The East Kent Regiment on the Western Front

30 October 2014
Speaker: Professor Mark Connelly

Answering the King’s Call: Empire Forces in the First World War

27 November 2014
Speaker: Rob Fleming

Venue details

Address The Town Hall
1-2 Guildhall Street
CT20 1DY


Paul Rennie
30 May 2014, 2.58pm

We have announced your

We have announced your exhibition on our website. Later in June we shall have a webpage of wartime posters and souvenirs, also a display in our window which can be seen in our shop in the Old High Street Folkestone.

K Ellis
23 July 2014, 11.17am

I saw years ago the plaque on

I saw years ago the plaque on the sea front to men, horses and mules who went from folkestone

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