Withdrawal From Dunkirk

cshortridge73
6th June 2012, 13:58
I may have posted this article in the 'wrong' area....if so I apologize....every once in awhile I have a 'grey matter hiccup'

LITTLE-KNOWN SAGA OF HOW TITANIC HERO ALSO DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF IN WW II AND AT DUNKIRK

One of the few authentic heroes of the Titanic sinking, mariner Lightoller also proved his courage and seamanship in World Wars I and II !

He was 66-yrs old when the German blitzkrieg cornered 400,000 Allied troops on the west coast of France in May 1940. He was 66-yrs old when the Royal Navy requisitioned his family yacht in a desperate effort to evacuate those soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk.

And, he was 66-yrs old when he told the Royal Navy, which had twice decorated him for courage under fire, that if any captain was taking his vessel into harmís way, it would be him.

Weathered, resolute and uncompromising, Charles Herbert Lightoller possessed an unshakeable confident character shaped by a lifetime at sea. When he was born in Chorley, Lancashire, on 30 March 1874, his mother had only a Withdrawal from Dunkirk by noted artist Charles Cundall best depicts the utter chaos of trying to rescue an entire Allied army from German-controlled beaches with only a motley assortment of ships. Despite having their backs to the sea, the Allies managed to safely bring home more than 340,000 British, French and Belgian troops.

When he was born in Chorley, Lancashire, on 30 March 1874, his mother had only a month to live. A sister and grandmother died the same year, and Charles Herbertís father soon abandoned his remaining children. The young man saw the sea as his only salvation, and began his life as a sailor at age 13. Now, half-a-century later, at ten oíclock on the first morning of June 1940, Charles Herbert headed for Dunkirk.

So folks...the above is a 'lead-in' to this awesome man's story....and it is truely 'awesome'....if you'd care to give it a read....just click: HERE (http://navalmerchantshiparticles.blogspot.com/2010/07/withdrawal-from-dunkirk.html) to read "By Valor Alone Charles Lightoller"


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Duncan112
6th June 2012, 16:04
And another good one - Lightoller is one of my heroes, having been born across the road from where my parents live

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/332213/title/plaque-to-commander-li/cat/536

His autobiography "Titanic and Other Ships" is available on Australian Gutenberg, being long out of print (look under Lightoller here http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty-a-m.html#letterL ) but still subject to UK copyright - rumours persist that the book was suppressed at the time of publication to protect those that Lightoller was less than complimentary about.

cshortridge73
6th June 2012, 16:28
Thank you Duncan for that info.....much, much appreciated.

oglebilluk
7th June 2012, 07:55
I understand the boat he used at Dunkirk was in the Thames Procession at the weekend. Yet another example of a significant entrant which the BBC "commentators" failed to notice

Bill

Trader
7th June 2012, 17:51
Thanks for the link Bud, what an amazing man. I read his biography many years ago. I was lucky enough to be alongside "Sundowner" in 1967 in Malta when I worked on a big motor yacht. I saw her again in Dover, where I live, in 2000 when she took part in the 60th. anniversary of Dunkirk.

Yes Bill, she took part in the river Pageant at the weekend. I watched it all the way through and she never got a mention.

Alec.

Derek Roger
8th June 2012, 01:46
Good Stuff ; thanks for the post . Derek

cshortridge73
8th June 2012, 09:50
You are all very welcome ....there will be more on the way

Robert Hilton
8th June 2012, 10:30
[QUOTE=cshortridge73;600632]

[B]LITTLE-KNOWN SAGA OF HOW TITANIC HERO ALSO DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF IN WW II AND AT DUNKIRK[/

I wouldn't say little-known. Lightoller's yacht "Sundowner" was involved in many of the Dunkirk reunions. I didn't see her a year or two ago when I happened to be in Ramsgate at the time of the small ships muster, so don't know if she is still around. However I was pleased to see "Ryegate II" because my father took her on Operation Dynamo.

howardws
8th June 2012, 19:46
[QUOTE=cshortridge73;600632]

[B]LITTLE-KNOWN SAGA OF HOW TITANIC HERO ALSO DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF IN WW II AND AT DUNKIRK[/

I wouldn't say little-known. Lightoller's yacht "Sundowner" was involved in many of the Dunkirk reunions. I didn't see her a year or two ago when I happened to be in Ramsgate at the time of the small ships muster, so don't know if she is still around. However I was pleased to see "Ryegate II" because my father took her on Operation Dynamo.

I think you will find that her permanent base is Ramsgate.