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Letter: VIEWPOINT - Scars of war.

Byline: A B J bamforth

YESTERDAY was the 25th Anniversary of the end of the Falklands war and quite rightly the nation remembered those who fought, those who lost their lives and those who received such injuries to body and mind that they may never recover.

We also remember the families of those brave men and women.

However, on Sunday 17th June it is the 67th Anniversary of the greatest maritime disaster of all time. The troopship Lancastria packed with sailors, soldiers and airmen was preparing to leave the French port at St Nazaire when she was bombed, and machine gunned and was sunk by enemy action.

That day upwards of 4000 men lost their lives.

The disaster was so great and, coming hard and fast on the heels of Dunkirk, that the government of the day would not release the news; it was finally acknowledged by an American newspaper, I believe the

New York Times.

I was only five years old and Thank God my father was one of the survivors but I do recall my mother visiting him in hospital and I know he carried the scars all his life.

A B J bamforth Llanfairpwll
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2007
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