Folkestone remembers its place in WWI history
1 August 2014 Last updated at 15:01 BST
In August commemorations will begin across Britain and Europe to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.
The BBC's Robert Hall is travelling the route that British soldiers would have taken before leaving for France and Belgium, and he visited the town of Folkestone in Kent, where millions of soldiers began their journey to the front line.
A memorial arch is planned in the town, at the top of the hill where the soldiers had to descend to reach their boats.