Dunkirk 2012

In glorious sunny early autumn weather Rye  & District British Legion, led by the Branch President Col Anthony  Kimber, visited Dunkirk and its hinterland to consider the May 1940  operations.  Highlights of the visit included time at Cassel which was a  place of intense fighting during the rearguard actions; a visit to the  Dunkirk Memorial Museum, the Town British Memorial and the evacuation  beaches. The party sought out the isolated Bertenacre Commonwealth  Wargraves Commission graveyard to lay a  wreath on the grave of Rye soldier Private Colling of the 5th Royal  Sussex. Branch Padre, Canon Hugh Moseley officiated and Chairman Neale  East laid a wreath at the grave. The party of 50, included veterans from  the Army, RAF and British Legion Women’s Section, family members from  Rye of some who fell at Dunkirk and a wide cross section of other  interested individuals.

5th Cinque Ports Battalion, Royal Sussex. Canon Richard Orchard and Col Kimber Chris Robins & Clem Boland Col Kimber Col Kimber at Dunkirk Memorial Col Kimber gives talk on fate of Pte Colling David Pawsey, Edwin Gibson (RAFA), Rosemary Kent & Col Kimber. Fishy David. Not all hard work.. Private Colling Rye RBL at Dunkirk Memorial Rye RBL Chairman Rye withdraw to Dunkirk Cemetery Sandra Pawsey and Canon Hugh at Bertenacre