The fam­i­lies do not for­get

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

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