There are many reasons for writing a blog, to show off, to entertain, to inform, to alleviate boredom, to share knowledge, to keep my one and only reader happy, plus many other reasons. The reason for this blog is to fish. I’m fishing for more information. The information I’m looking for is about the United States army in Folkestone during the First World War.
This is most of the sum total of my knowledge.
They were here, as opposed to “Over there.” How do I know this? There is a photograph in Folkestone Library. It has appeared in at least one book but, was incorrectly labelled.
There is also a US Army war diary which records the unit, an American Military Hospital, as staying in the rest camp on the Leas. Then marching down Slopes Road to the ship which will take them to France. At least one other War Diary records their unit staying on the Leas and proceeding to Calais via Dover. Some of the buildings the US Army stayed in still survive.
Are there other War Diaries which record where a unit stayed between arriving at usually Liverpool and heading to France?
US General Jack “Black Jack” Pershing crossed from Folkestone to Boulogne. There is at least one photograph showing him disembarking at Boulogne. Apart from being the US Commander, he is famous to a few people for saying, “Lafayette, We are here.” Which he never actually said. Colonel Charles E. Stanton also crossed from Folkestone. Charles E Stanton not as well known as Black Jack did say, ” Lafayette, nous voilà ”
More details will appear in my next book. If I can find an editor and, a publisher.
I for one would like to know more about the Americans in Folkestone during the First World War. So this is very much a “Fishing” blog.
One last thing there is a photo of the cafe on the harbour mole which shows the interior of the cafe. There is an American flag on the wall.
This is the last blog before Christmas 2016. Thank you for reading. Thank you for the engagement. Have a good Christmas. Peter.