My Father, Norman Burnett, was only 19 years of age when he was captured at St Valery on June 12th 1940. Dad was a gunner/driver in the 1st Gordon Highlanders. He joined the army when he was very young, having lied about his age (the army thought he was born in 1919 but he was born in 1920). On capture, he was marched to Poland where he was initially held in Stalag XXA then transferred to XXB. Dad was lucky to be used to work on a local farm rather than in the mines. He worked for the same family for the remainder of the war. When the Russians came to Poland at the end of the war, Dad helped the family to flee their farm. He drove them in their horse and cart as far as he could. The family advised him to go on alone as he was very fair headed and they feared the Russians would mistake him for German. Dad reluctantly left them, stole a bike and pedalled till he met up with some Americans who took him with them. We don’t know any more about how he got home to Britain. Unfortunately the army did not allow him to return to Scotland until months after he arrived in the country. Dad remained a very proud soldier until he died in 2014 at the age of 94.