Folkestone was the last glimpse of home for soldiers
4 August 2014 Last updated at 15:23 BST
In 1914, the genteel Kent seaside town of Folkestone was used to visitors, both holidaymakers and the military, having been a garrison town for two centuries.
But it had never experienced anything like the influx of soldiers which was to come, as hundreds of thousands marched through the town to board the ships that would take them to war.
Afterwards, nothing was quite the same, as BBC South East Today's Sara Smith reports.