Clous­ton rec­og­nized for ef­forts at Dunkirk in WW2

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — The Mon­treal-born Sec­ond World War hero whose ef­forts at Dunkirk in 1940 saved the lives of hun­dreds of thou­sands of sol­diers was rec­og­nized Thurs­day in his home­town. Cmdr. James Campbell Clous­ton’s ex­ploits were por­trayed in Christo­pher Nolan’s block­buster movie “Dunkirk,” re­leased ear­lier this year.

As Ger­man forces ap­proached, Clous­ton worked for six days straight un­der en­emy fire as he over­saw the evac­u­a­tion of Bri­tish and other Al­lied troops from north­ern France. Although ex­pec­ta­tions were for 45,000 peo­ple to be brought back to England, the “Mir­a­cle of Dunkirk” re­sulted in more than 338,000 troops saved in May and June 1940.

A plaque was un­veiled Thurs­day in the west-end Mon­treal bor­ough of La­chine dur­ing a cer­e­mony that in­cluded some of Clous­ton’s fam­ily.

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