The Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill) and Dunkirk Evacuees at Abingdon Lock

April 14, 2019

Abingdon Lock
The Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill), had a magnificent reception today when he paid a visit to Abingdon Lock to help rally members of the local Home Guard. He made a very stirring speech.
Abingdon Lock
Mr Churchill spoke with members of the Home Guard and demonstrated the famous V for Victory sign.
Abingdon Lock
Abingdon lock keeper Mr Richard Hawkins told me it’s all in a day’s work … welcoming the Prime Minister and some soldiers back from Flanders.
Abingdon Lock
A large crowd of Abingdon people had gathered to see Mr Churchill and welcome back the heroes of Dunkirk.
Abingdon Lock
They were bloodied but not beaten.
Abingdon Lock
May Blossom, the sweetheart of the Home Guard, sang some favourites.
Abingdon Lock
Members of the UTP (Upper Thames Patrol) Local Defence Volunteers were also there guarding the River. Mr Churchill did say, in my hearing, that he considers the name UTP Local Defence Volunteers not plain English, and so plans to rename them the UTP Home Guard.
Abingdon Lock
Local people spoke to soldiers evacuated from Flanders who said they were bombed almost the whole way over the channel and it was a miracle so many of them got back alive. It was thanks to a fleet of small boats.
Abingdon Lock
Congratulations to Mr Richard Hawkins (the lock keeper), and assistant keeper Frank Jordan, and to other volunteers, who made this a day to remember.

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3 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Geoff Bailey  |  April 15, 2019 at 7:01 am

    A great event in a fantastic venue. Loved it.

  • 2. Abingdon Mum  |  April 15, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Very good. Great location

  • 3. ppjs  |  April 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Some of those Tommies appear to be wearing helmets more usually associated with the French poilu… Great show by all those who took the trouble to look the part. Finding some of that kit must have taken real trouble and effort.

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