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Our Uncle, one of the first soldiers in Dunkirk.

by Peoples War Team in the East Midlands

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Peoples War Team in the East Midlands
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Mrs Fox and Mr Morris Beardmore
Location of story: 
Dunkirk
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A9021629
Contributed on: 
31 January 2006

This story is an extract of an interview by Abbie Ferrar from The Da Vinci School.

"This story was submitted to the site by the BBC's Peoples War Team, in partnership with Derwent Community Team and The Da Vinci School in the East Midlands with Mrs Fox and Mr Breadsmore's Permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions."

We had an uncle who was one of the first set of soldiers to arrive in Dunkirk, as the got off the boat; the Germans were waiting for them. With machine guns, there were quite a lot of them. He laid down and pretended that he was dead. After a short time, he got up a started to run. He saw a man on a bike, and watched him.

The stranger eventually put his bike down, and as soon as he did, my uncle jumped on it, and he got away for a while, until he found his unit again. It took him quite a while to find his unit, he knocked on one woman’s door for a glass of water, and she slammed it in her face.

It took him a while to find his unit. When they were all together they went down one of the main street in the town, into a caller in a big house. It was full of children hiding down there.

Our uncle passed away about 10 years ago, and he still continued to have nightmares about the event.

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