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Lestrem Memorial, France

These pictures are courtesy of Lynda Smith.

This primarily concerned the Royal Norfolk Regt. 27 May 1940 nearly 100 of the officers and men were cut off on the retreat to Dunkirk. They surrendered to an SS Regiment and were marched into a field and machine gunned. Two soldiers, although wounded survived, and after being cared for by a brave Frenchwoman, they were taken prisoner in the normal way. The massacred soldiers were buried where they fell, just behind this memorial, and later during the war, their bodies were exhumed and buried behind the little church in Le Paradis, just down the road. The monument was erected on the 55th Anniversary of Dunkirk

26 March 2002
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