The Unknown Warriors

Prisoner of War - John Lockyer

John Lockyer was in the rearguard action at Dunkirk in 1940 France. The story is well known of the evacuation of Dunkirk, when hundreds of thousands of men from the B.E.F (British Expeditionary Force) escaped on boats from the Dunkirk beaches back to England. What is often overlooked is the rearguard action to slow the advance of the Germans.


John Lockyer was one of the unlucky ones whose fate was to be either killed or capture in the defence. Many were killed and thousands like John were taken prisoner of war. John Lockyer was in Nazi prison camps for 5 long years. He has a great 'come what may' attitude to life, and takes each day as it comes, perhaps in some part as a result of his experiences from the war.