Mother and Father receive 2 letters.
It suggests he may have been captured and could now be a prisoner of war. They assure my parents they will make every effort to locate my whereabouts.
Dear Mr Evans,
You will have heard by now that your son is reported missing by the war office. I am sorry to say that I have not heard any further news of him. The Battalion was attacked by Germans at close quarters with hand grenades and your son was wounded in the ankle. The wound was not severe and he was able to make his way down to Boulogne where he was seen on the quay the next day. I was extremely surprised to learn that he was missing as I did not think he would have had any difficulty in getting aboard a destroyer. There was a heavy bombardment of the port by the Germans later in the day and you will understand that it was not possible for me to see exactly what happened to him.
As his Station Commander,I should like to say that since he had been in the anti tank corp he had done extremely well. He was keen and efficient and as Platoon Sergeant he was a very great help to me in every way. I think there must be a good chance of him still being alive as a prisoner of war and I hope you will not give up hope of his eventual return. If there is any further information which I can give you please let me know.
A.A. Eardley Wilmot
2/Lt 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards.
On this day;
|On the Western Front... During the day the Dunkirk perimeter, now manned entirely by French forces, is largely driven in but the Germans still cannot penetrate to the town. The beach area is only two miles long after this advance, however. Both before dawn and after dark the evacuation continues, with 26,256 men being taken off, including the last British unit to leave. Just before midnight the evacuation dies to a trickle. There are still plenty of ships but the French troops have not been given proper orders about where to go and which piers are in use. Many more have gone to earth in and around town and will take no further part in military operations.|