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Back from Dunkirk

by survivalist

Contributed by 
survivalist
People in story: 
Leslie George Bull
Location of story: 
Dunkirk
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A2338878
Contributed on: 
24 February 2004

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On the way back to Dunkirk, Geordie Bull and six men under his command had finally reached the road which they had to cross to reach the beach for evacuation.

He got the six men across the road safely, but when his turn came, he was shot in the chest by two 7.62mm machine gun bullets from a German tank guarding the road.

Not wanting to be left, he asked his men to try to get him to a boat. This they did, eventually.

When he arrived back in Dover, he recieved no medical attention at all, but was placed on a train heading north to his home in Gateshead.

When he arrived home, on the back of a horse and cart, his mother placed him on a kitchen table, filled him full of his father's whisky, and cut the two bullets out of his chest with a kitchen knife!

Three weeks later, Geordie volunteered for action in the Middle East.

His whole military career was just like this. He often saw action behind enemy lines, and later helped to train spys for the Ministry of Defence.

He fought all through the war, but they never de-mobbed him at the end.

I often consider my Father to be an unsung hero. Indeed, when he died in 1974, my brother and I laid him out as was his wish, and we were both astounded at the number of very serious scars on his body, including a 12 inch Bayonette wound across the base of his back, running from his spine to his hip.

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Message 1 - back from Dunkirk

Posted on: 24 February 2004 by Harry Hargreaves

In all honesty do you expect any thinking person to believe this story. If you do you must be a devoted son and very easy to be the recipient of "Tall" tales. Tell the site the full name, rank and regiment of the subject and after research an apology could be made. I particularly like the kitchen knife episode.

 

Message 2 - back from Dunkirk

Posted on: 10 March 2004 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

All the early German tanks, the light PzKpfw II, and the medium PzKpfw III, and IV, had a 7.92mm machine gun.

It is difficult to see how such high velocity bullets could enter a man's chest, from fairly close range ("guarding the road") as the story implies, without smashing it.

Then there is the journey. There were no direct trains from Dover to Gateshead. The rail route is Dover to Charing Cross, then across London by tube or bus to King's Cross or St Pancras, then by rail again to Gateshead. How did he get across London?

 

Message 3 - back from Dunkirk

Posted on: 13 March 2004 by Harry Hargreaves

By horse and cart

 

Message 4 - back from Dunkirk

Posted on: 13 March 2004 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Of course! Via the elephant and castle! :-D

Message 1 - Bad Storys

Posted on: 11 March 2004 by windtalker

this is bad story for army men. in Romania here we are calling is with plentyful of the bullock droppings. is a good joking story

making me luagh
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