Personal Account W Mills, Royal Navy, HMS Ross

W Mills, Royal Navy, HMS Ross.

I was on one of the first ships into Dunkirk and among the last to leave. It was a minesweeper, HMS Ross, one of the so-called "Smokey Joe's" (a coal-fired minesweeper). The Sunday evening before Dunkirk we were rounded up by the Police in North and South Shields and taken to our ships. It was to be the start of our contribution which ended a week the following Monday and with myself in hospital at Sheerness suffering from shell shock and exhaustion.


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