Dunkirk mastermind remembered

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A ceremony was held in Dover this morning to remember the man who masterminded the evacuation of Dunkirk 75 years ago. Operation Dynamo, which rescued more than 338,000 Allied soldiers, was run from Dover naval HQ under the command of Vice-Admiral Bertram Home Ramsay, of Bughtrig, Leitholm.

His son Maj Gen Charles Ramsay paid tribute and unveiled a plaque at Dover Castle to mark the 75th anniversary. He said his father’s contribution to the evacuation, which brought stranded troops home in 693 ships, was enormous.

“He was certainly a great organiser and leader, “ he said. “He’d done a lot of thinking about it and planning for it. He organised so many ships and provided a lot of protection for them.” The operation, between 26 May and 3 June 1940, was masterminded from tunnels underneath Dover Castle, where Vice-Admiral Ramsay’s contribution is now commemorated in a permanent exhibition.