My father, Walter Herbert Frank Tremayne Gauntlett (nicknamed "Mike" Gauntlett) joined the Queen's Royal Regiment, 5th battalion as a Private on 26.04.1939. He was promoted to Corporal 31/08/1940. I understand he drove lorries in the area during the period of the retreat from Dunkirk and had to make his way to Cherbourg after the main departure of the British forces. At Cherbourg, he was able to return to England in a open-top boat that was strafed by the Luftwaffe. He was discharged under Para. 390 (XVI) K.Rs 40 on 08/01/1941 as 'Permanently unfit for any form of Military Service'. Any comments, particularly about the exit from Cherbourg and thereafter, would be appreciated.