Over these next few days 105 years ago the 59th (2nd North Midland) Division start embark for France.

Invite to 178th Brigade Special Service held on 11th February 1917
The King inspects the 59th Division at Fovant on the 13th February 1917
2/6th Battalion War Diary for February 1917

It took six days for the 59th Division to travel by train from their training areas in England to Southampton Docks. This mobilisation used 35 trains.

Ship timetable

It took over 6 days to move the Division from Southampton to Boulogne.

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