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CROSSING THE CHANNEL

It was ihe Third Fleet, comprising the oldest pro-Dreadnought battleships, cruisers, ana torpedo destroyers, which escorted the British Expeditionary Pbrce across the Channel -without the lots of a roan. The coming and going of that force was a wonderful piece of human machinery. Most of the units -went from Southampton. The dooks at that port were closed for a fortnight to mercantile traffic As is well known, the utmost secrecy was observed not only by the military authorities and the Press, but by the workmen and dock laborers and everyone else connected with the despatch and transport of the troops. Of course, everyone, in Southampton knew that troops were going abroad, but few could estimate how many, since practically all the movements took place at night. On one night, for instance, 105 trains with troops ana stores came* into Southampton docks between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., 60 coming from Alder shot alone. On one day in the height of the great exodus 60 troopships were counted in the Solent and in ■ Soothamfiton w,»Vw\

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CROSSING THE CHANNEL, Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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CROSSING THE CHANNEL Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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