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“It was during the Great War that Shorncliffe really came into significance due to its juxtaposition to Boulogne. Shorncliffe became the “Gateway to the Western Front”. Millions of men passed to and fro through its gates and with the stationing of the Canadian Expeditionary Force there and the surrounding excellent hospitals, it became a major focus point. The original WW1 training trenches are still there (just) and they sit next door to an active Commonwealth Cemetery.

Shorncliffe and the surrounding area is crammed with significant WW1 heritage and the local communities have been battling to save it.”


Christopher Shaw Chairman. The Shorncliffe Trust