BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

15 October 2014
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site

Contact Us

Missing in Action in the RASC: From Dunkirk to Salfordicon for Recommended story

by samisdad

Contributed by 
samisdad
People in story: 
Herbert Grindrod
Location of story: 
Salford
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A2023985
Contributed on: 
11 November 2003

Among the last to leave

My grandfather was at Dunkirk. His job was destroying the equipment they were leaving behind, and because of this he was one of the last to leave.

Meanwhile, my grandmother, who was very heavily pregnant with the baby who was to become my uncle, had not heard anything about him for a week. She was beginning to fear the worst.

Going to the pictures

On 8 June, her cousin persuaded her to go to the pictures to take her mind off it. During the Pathe news, there was an article about French and Belgian soldiers who'd been rescued from Dunkirk. 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. He kindly arranged for a still photo from the newsreel for my gran.

No rest at home

My granddad finally arrived home on 10 June. He collapsed into his first bed for more than a week, only to be woken up an hour later and kept awake for most of the night as my gran went into labour.

My gran, who is 90, 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.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

British Army Category
Dunkirk Evacuation 1940 Category
Manchester Category
France Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy