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The Southampton-Cowes ferry remembered by name by J B Priestley when he celebrated the pleasure steamers at Dunkirk in a radio broadcast that can be heard on the BBC Radio Archive (see below for link)

Dunkirk 80th Anniversary 26 May-3 June 2020

Southampton Railway Steamers and Ferries took part in Operation Dynamo, evacuating troops from Dunkirk.

We will be adding more information soon.

Dinard (as HMHS no 28)

Gracie Fields

Isle of Guernsey



Princess Elizabeth see Southampton City Libraries Facebook #Maritime Monday 24 April 2017

Listen to JB Priestley's Postcript broadcast here
For other Dunkirk broadcasts, follow this link Look for the interview with C H Lightoller, of the Titanic

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Dunkirk links

Newhaven Fort: Dunkirk1940: the Before, the Reality and the Aftermath.
Imperial War Museum: What you need to know about the Dunkirk Evacuations
English Heritage: Dover Castle “Operation Dynamo”
Research Guide to the Dunkirk List held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
RNLI Lifeboats at Dunkirk
BBC Voices of Dunkirk (archived site) Eight Dunkirk survivors tell their stories
Royal British Legion: Remembering Dunkirk
Association of Dunkirk Little Ships
Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Dunkirk Memorial
Dunkirk Town Cemetery
Epaves au large de Dunkerque (Wrecks off Dunkirk) in French

Operation Cycle (10-12 June 1940) and Operation Aerial (15-25 June) Further evacuations.
Nurses at War: at and after Dunkirk, by David Worsfold. Includes the story of the Dinard during Operation Aerial, when she brought wounded evacuated troops back to Southampton.

Just added

2 June 2020: Chapter Two of the story of the volunteer "shock workers" preparing for the arrival of 4000 Basque Children 23 May 1937. There will be more of this story as we approach Refugee Week, 15-21 June 2020.

And some 19th century voluntary work:
17 May 2020: Ragged School Images added 26 May 2020
22 May 2020: Palk Memorial Home
22 May 2020: Battenberg House.
These are three chapters in the life of the same buildings, all trying to provide for the changing needs of Southampton's poorest.
26 May 2020: Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Lower Canal Walk, used as the Ragged School, 1849-1854.


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Nursling and Rownhams History Group

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The Southampton branch of the Hampshire Genealogical Society Family History Group

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