The families do not forget
Sir, – I would like to add to Ken Guild’s letter regarding the 51st Highland Division’s exploits in the aftermath of Dunkirk.
My father Robert Simpson was serving with the Cameron Highlanders at the time.
When the 51st were trapped at St Valery my father and some others commandeered a petrol tanker and made a dash along the French coast to Le Havre, managing to dodge the German aircraft.
From there, he and others were repatriated to Britain, among the handful of survivors of the 51st.
He was part of the reformed Cameron Highlanders who went on to serve in the Burma campaign.
He subsequently returned to Britain in 1944, whence he returned to France, where he was killed in action during the battle for Normandy.
JH Simpson. Claypotts Place, Broughty Ferry.