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Dunkirk heroes meet for first time at Fusilier Museum
Emma Rosemurgey Reporter


YOU may have seen the movie Dunkirk at the cinema, but two real life heroes of the Second World War conflict have been honoured in Bury.

Dunkirk veterans Norman Prior and Edward Morrison met for the very first time at the Fusilier Museum in Bury.

Norman, aged 98. was in the 1st/5thBattalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers and 99-year-old Edward was in the 1st/6th Battalion.

The Lancashire branch of the Fusiliers Association provided a guard of honour for the men when they arrived.

Norman, who lives in Middleton, is a former president of the Manchester branch of the Dunkirk Veterans Association. He served with the Lancashire Fusiliers having joined at the age of 20 in 1939.

Norman was aged 21 during the battle of Dunkirk and had only been in France for eight weeks when he found himself bound on the beaches alongside tens of thousands of his comrades.

Three years ago he was awarded with awarded France’s highest decoration for bravery, becoming a Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, and branded a hero.

Edward is thought to be the oldest Lancashire Fusilier.

He first served in the infantry and then the battalion was transferred into the Royal Artillery Corps in November 1941.

Edward went to France and was at Dunkirk. He later returned to France, fighting through Belgium and Holland with the Tank Corps.

His daughter, Sue Davies, said: “I originally contacted the Lancashire Fusiliers to see if they would like to send a birthday card to my dad, but all of this has come out of the blue.

“The visit has given him a new lease of life. It was just wonderful, and all the Fusiliers were so kind.We’ve now been invited to go along to Preston to see the German tanks.”

Prime Minister Winston Churchill described ‘a colossal military disaster’ as troops were stranded on Dunkirk beach from May 26, but he also hailed the rescue operation with boats ferrying the soldiers across the English Channel as a ‘miracle of deliverance’.

The Battle of Dunkirk has taken the spotlight recently due to the release of critically acclaimed film Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan.

The film depicts the the evacuation of Dunkirk from the perspective of land, sea and air.

Norman was invited by Warner Brothers to attend the UK premier of the movie in London.

Bury Fusilier Museum plan to host a special exhibition when the film comes out on DVD in November.

The Lancashire Fusiliers would also like to get as many veterans together as possible to host a

reunion.

Dunkirk veterans are urged to get in touch with the Bury Fusilier Museum on 0161 763 8950.


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