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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Uncle Harry's Return from Dunkirk, June 1940: Military Monday

Harry Rawcliffe Danson  was my uncle on my mother's side of the family from Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. In these photograph I think there is an Errol Flynn look about him! 

He was one of the many saved by the small ships at Dunkirk in June 1940, as British troops were evacuated from France, following the German invasion. He arrived back back home  in teh north of England many days later in the uniform in which he entered the sea to be rescued. 

Unlike my father, he never talked about his wartime experiences, but seeing commemoration services or documentaries on TV could bring tears to his eyes, so the memories remained very strong.

Harry later served in North Africa.

He lived to the age of 89 remaining active to the end of his life - a keen gardener and ballroom dancer - and he retained his good looks!

Military Monday is a daily prompt from http://www.geneabloggers.com/, used by many bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

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