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A rural canal-side churchyard wall and an endearing scene with a subliminal message for us all to heed.
19th Nov 2014, 17:49
John William Ward
Merchant Navy Seaman.
A veteran of both World War One and World War Two, notably the Russian Convoys and the Dunkirk troop evacuation during Operation Dynamo. As a qualified Merchant Seaman Gunner, he served as Bosun aboard T.S.M.V. 'Royal Daffodil' 167210 between 15 May and 5 June 1940. The following extracts are taken from his 'matter-of-fact' work-book written during that period:
Monday 27th May.'Arrived at Dunkirk 4.30 pm. Embarked troops. Bombs dropping all round. Left Dunkirk 5.15 pm. Arrived Dover 12.30 am Tues. Disembarked troops and wounded.'
Thurs 30th May. 'arrived Dunkirk 8 am. Embarked 2000 troops and left 10 am. Arrived Dover 1.30 pm. All hands on deck. Disembarked troops and left again for Dunkirk at 9 pm.'
A hero amongst many.
13th Nov 2014, 11:31