WWII: Dunkirk Evacuation | How the 'little ships' helped rescue the Allied troops

Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective | Margate Lifeboats

The role of Margate's lifeboats in the Dunkirk evacuation.

CHANNEL | Unknown

RECORDED | 04 May 1950

DURATION | 1 minutes 22 seconds

RECORDED

1950

Synopsis

On 30 May 1940, the lifeboat crews of Margate were called into action to rescue troops from Dunkirk. Coxswain ED Parker recollects how his men went straight from their favourite pub to the hellish waters of Dunkirk, where they helped to take soldiers out to the ships. Their passengers included wounded servicemen from a nearby hospital and one traveller whose presence was rather more unexpected. This recording was made for the programme 'Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective', but not included in the transmission. It may not have been broadcast, either in part or in its entirety, before.

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Ed Parker
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