We are all familiar with the story of the evacuation of Allied, British and Commonwealth troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. Thousands of stranded soldiers were rescued not only Naval ships but also a volunteer fleet of civilian manned fishing boats, pleasure cruisers and even rowing boats. But what happened next? Those displaced soldiers had to be transported around the country to be returned to their base. This is where the railways stepped up, moving thousands of men around the network in unprecedented time.
To celebrate the role played by Redhill station and its staff, Southern with the assistance of Southeast Communities Rail Partnership, have installed an informative history panel in pride of place on platform 3 at the station.
This fascinating project was researched by local resident Bruce Healy. Bruce is a keen historian, a member of the Reigate Society and SCRP’s Tonbridge, Redhill & Reigate steering group.
The timing of this installation is especially poignant as we near Remembrance week. We can be reminded that so many men were rescued and returned to safety but also remember those who weren’t so lucky.
If you happen to be at Redhill station why not spare a few minutes to take in some of its history?