Personal Account of Sergeant HFH Matthews, 7th Worcestershire Regiment

Personal account of Sergeant HFH Matthews, 7th Worcestershire Regiment

I was at Dunkirk, at the time I was a Sergeant in the 7th Worcestershire regiment, 2nd (Infantry) Division, and was evacuated from Dunkirk beach in the early hours of 1st June.

At the time I was in charge of a party of approximately 100, other ranks from the 5th Infantry Brigade. We were on the jetty awaiting a boat, when one came alongside, as it was an ebb tide it was way below us, I remember the skipper giving us 2 minutes to board and I assure you it didn't need any ladder to bridge the distance to that deck.
The next I remember was the White Cliffs and Margate.

Incidentally during our period on the beaches we collected a naval man wearing a tin hat and long blue raincoat. He was in a very shocked condition and I took him with our party.

It wasn't until we were at Margate that I learnt he was a high ranking naval V.I.P. who had gone over to assist in the evacuation, but was presumed missing, I never learnt who he was.

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