This Saturday, the Shorncliffe Trust and local communities join together in marking the death of a local hero, General Sir John Moore. It’s also an opportunity to take a guided tour of the remains of the Shorncliffe Redoubt fort and WW1 trenches in the hills above Sandgate.
Each year the Trust commemorates the culmination of Sir John Moore’s success on the battlefield of Corunna, Spain in 1809, and this year the service will take place over two locations; the Sir John Moore Memorial in Sandgate and the Sir John More Library at the Shorncliffe Camp. For the commemoration at the library, places are limited so please contact the trust to confirm your attendance prior to the event.
From 12.15pm, there will also be a tour of Shorncliffe Redoubt, WW1 trenches, the old firing range and the military cemetery. It is advisable that you wear suitable walking shoes or wellies along with appropriate clothing. Please note there are no facilities on site. It’s possible to go on the tour without attending the Commemoration earlier in the day.
Shorncliffe encompasses over 200 years of military, social and cultural history, from its earliest days defending Britain against invasion, to its role in the birth of the modern army through the role of Sir John Moore, it's extension through the Victorian period to the Edwardian and the First and Second World war and beyond. The camp is currently home to The Royal Ghurkha Riffles.
A registered charity, The Shorncliffe Trust (formerly The Shorncliffe Redoubt Preservation Society) hopes to utilise existing military buildings to convert them into an education centre, museum, heritage reference library, café, craft centre and open the park land to be accessible to visitors.
Its goal is to protect the archaeology on the site which includes the 200 year old Napoleonic redoubt, Victorian pistol & rifle range, WW1 trenches used for training and WW2 defences such as spigot mortar post, pillboxes and underground bunkers.