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- 11 February 2004
My grandfather was at Dunkirk, and because his job was destroying the equipment they were leaving behind he was one of the last to leave. My grandmother, meanwhile who was very heavily pregant with my uncle, had not heard anything about him for a week and was beginning to fear the worst.
On the 8th June, her cousin persuaded her to go to the pictures to take her mind off it, and during the Pathe news, there was an article about French and Belgian soldiers who'd also been rescued from Dunkirk, and there leaning out of the train, sporting a Belgian helmet (he'd lost his own) was my granddad! My gran's cousin went to see the cinema manager and he kindly arranged for a still photo from the newsreel for my gran.
My granddad finally arrived home on the 10th June, and collapsed into his first bed for more than a week, only to be woken up an hour later and kept awake most of the night as my gran went into labour.
My gran, who's 90 now has a video copy of the pathe newsreel to go with her photo, thanks to my uncle who tracked it down for her birthday a few years ago.
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