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Bill Cheall fought at Dunkirk, North Africa and Sicily, was in the first wave on Gold Beach on D-Day, and finally went to Germany. Since Bill's WW2 memoirs were published, many former comrades and families have come forward with stories and diaries of their own, all forming part of the jigsaw of Bill's war. The aim of these podcasts is to bring the memories to life and honour the soldiers, airmen and seamen who were connected to Bill in some way.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Wanted: Post Dunkirk Trio - Can you identify them?

The pic shows Bill Cheall (far left) with two unknown comrades looking exhausted after their Dunkirk trauma. They were Middlesbrough lads and would all have been in the 6 Green Howards, B Company. Their names could be any of Ivor Castor, Don Savage, Les Blowers or John Ryan amongst others.
Ivor was an early army pal of Bill’s - he came from Grangetown (Near Middlesbrough) and was:

“ a good, down-to-earth, north-east lad who had worked at the local steel works - he was nineteen and a very strong lad. He volunteered for the paratroops and subsequently lost an arm when he was in action at Arnhem. I met him when I was on leave and his extrovert character had changed to introvert – his experiences had shattered his ego.”

Les Blowers was a likeable lad with a very quiet nature, but I eventually lost touch with him. Pals in the army were like shadows; they came and went with great frequency.”

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