When with dramatic suddenness war did come, Harwich and Dovercourt, filled with summer visitors, with all the pleasantness of summertime in full swing.
Came the news that officers, and men of the naval ships had been recalled from leave, that the “Special Service” Territorials had been ordered to man forts. Mobilisation, the declaration of war – on that fateful Bank Holiday of August 4, 1914 Harwich changed from a holiday resort to a war-time fortress.
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Illustrated Talk by David Whittle