Troop embarkation site, Hardway, Gosport

AddressGosport, Hampshire PO12 4LF, UK
Location typeTroop Embarkation Site
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access InformationPublic road, open to the public
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Many of the huge numbers of Allied vehicles required by the troops in Normandy boarded ships from Gosport – as did the entertainer George Formby! Hardway was one of three sites where troops embarked.

Around the time of D-Day, military vehicles often queued in nearby Priory Road as they waited to load onto landing craft. Although officially the troops were not allowed to talk to civilians for security reasons, in practice many local people invited the troops into their homes, trying to offer a few moments or relaxation and comfort before they departed overseas.

View on the D-Day On Your Doorstep map