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Memories of Dunkirk

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:37 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Contributor's father joined army and was called up very early. Called up September 1939, Shaw House. He received the Victoria Cross. Soldiers were much appreciated by the community. Dunkirk, el Alamaigne reunion. Never talked about Dunkirk. Contributor's father was part of the Royal Army Ordinance Corp (RAOC) and had to stay in Italy after 1945 to 'clear up'. He drove a locomotive. Then removed to a civilian job. He was born in 1911 and was much older than a lot of those he served with. He left families behind, his life stopped. He had strong connections with those he served with. He wrote an article in July 1985 which prompted him to find people. Contributor's mother joined as a Wren at the end of the war - given distinguished service medal. It was not talked about unless a relative brought it up.


Item list and details

1. War medal display 2. Account of men at war 3. Account of experiences at Shaw House 4. Account by Basil Tarrent 5. 55-page account

Person the story/items relate to

Henry George Critchell and Constance Mary Wickens

Person who shared the story/items

Allan Stephen John Critchell

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

They were the parents of the contributor

Type of submission

Shared at West Berkshire Museum, Newbury on 17 January 2024.

Record ID

118408 | NEW024