2015 Op Dynamo 75th

On Wednesday 20 May 2015, Bob Davies represented the Branch at the Service and Parade in Ramsgate to mark the 75th Anniversary of the WW2 evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 (Operation Dynamo).
The evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was undertaken owing to the rapid advance of the German forces which necessitated a tactical withdrawal to the English Channel to save as many of the ground forces as possible. Some 933 ships took part in the evacuation, which included several hundred of the ‘Little Ships’ which saved so many. Between 27 May and 4 June 1940, 338,220 troops were lifted from the beaches, harbour and mole of Dunkirk. Although this is known as the ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ it must be remembered that 68,111 men of the BEF were captured or killed during the Blitzkrieg, retreat and evacuation.
The Service of Remembrance was held in a large Marquee on the Commercial Quay at Ramsgate's Royal Harbour, and began with a Parade of Standards, led by the Union Flag and the Dunkirk Veterans Association Standard, with the Drumhead Service conducted by The Reverend Gordon Warren RN (Hon) Rtd.
On completion of the service a parade and march around the harbour took place, led by the Band of the Royal Corps of Engineers, followed by the Standards, and then contingents from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and the Veterans. The Salute was taken by Viscount De L’Isle Lord Lieutenant of Kent, who was joined on the Dais by Major General Charles Ramsey son of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, The Lord Boyce Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports, Cllr Kay Dark Chairman of Thanet DC, and Mr Ian Gilbert Commodore of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.
At the end of the parade a buffet reception was held in another marquee on the Quay.



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