Dunkirk Diary Talk

Event Details

Wednesday 27th May 2020
10.00am - 11.00am
Downside Abbey

01761 235323

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31st May 1940 will mark the 80th anniversary of the death of Downside monk Dom Gervase Hobson-Matthews on the beaches at Dunkirk. Serving as an Army Chaplain, Dom Gervase was killed whilst working at an aid station on the beach, the first chaplain to lose their life in the Second World War.

Held in the Downside Abbey Archives is the wartime diary of Dom Gervase, and this talk will open up many of the fascinating events which are detailed within it. 

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation, join us as we commemorate Dom Gervase Hobson-Matthews by exploring his personal experiences as an Army Chaplain to the British Expeditionary Force from September 1939 to May 1940.

Donations are welcome and refreshments will be available in the Abbey Visitor Centre.

Booking is essential by emailing Steven Parsons here or calling 01761 235323