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Dunkirk Vet dies, aged 91

A SOLIHULL veteran, who was one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk, has died at the age of 91.

A SOLIHULL veteran, who was one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk, has died at the age of 91.

Alf Miller, known to many as Spike, was a familiar face at the borough’s Remembrance Day parade, and around Solihull town centre.

This week his family paid tribute to a “brave man who loved life.”

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Alf was the eldest of three children, and served as a gunner with the Royal Artillery.

He was wounded at the Battle of Dunkirk, and was among the last British servicemen to be rescued.

“He got left behind because he was trying to protect his other comrades,” explained daughter-in-law Paula.

“A naval destroyer found five of them stranded, and managed to rescue them before the Germans got to them.

“He was recommended for a bravery award, but didn’t get it because the witnesses were all killed before the papers came through.”

Both before and after the war, Alf worked for Land Rover at Lode Lane and in Tyseley, moving to Solihull in the 1970s.

He was married twice, having five sons and a stepson. He is also survived by his younger brother Len – who lives in Sheldon.

Paula said: “He was always very active and didn’t like the feeling of getting old. He recently said that he was 21, not 91.

“He also loved going out and about in Solihull and always had stories to tell people, or photos to show them.”

Alf died last month of bronchial pneumonia.

His funeral will take place today (Friday), at Robin Hood Crematorium, starting at 3.30pm.

 

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