STIRRING histories of the Dunkirk evacuation have ignored forgotten heroes, it was claimed.
Recent TV re-enactments of the events of 1940 skirted over the actions of Allied soldiers left in France to fight bloody rearguard actions for weeks afterwards, says the son of one former Serviceman.
While 338,000 troops escaped the advancing German Army in a flotilla of vessels in June, 1940, many others were involved in defensive retreats miles from the French and Belgian coasts.
Golcar man Robert Ward, who was in the 2/7th Huddersfield Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, helped to halt a tank advance at the village of St Valery-en-Caux on June 12, 1940, after the bulk of the Dunkirk evacuation had taken place.
He was among the 150,000 Allied troops who remained trapped in France, although Prime Minister Winston Churchill had declared all were back on home soil.
Mr Ward's son, also called Robert, is now looking for posthumous recognition for his father.
"Churchill did that to keep the British spirits up. He said every British soldier and every French soldier were off the coast and back in England - and my dad was listening to it on a radio on a foreign beach."
Mr Ward died in 1998 at the age of 84. He is survived by his widow, Winnie, now 82.
Among his most treasured possessions during the campaign was a photograph of his beloved, simply signed `Lots of Luck, Winnie'.
Their son has recently been in touch with historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, who is writing a book about Dunkirk and the desperate military campaign which took place in the following days.
He wants his father and compatriots to receive the honour they are due. Mr Ward has also criticised recent BBC TV programmes for ignoring the immediate aftermath of Dunkirk.
has spent three years researching Dunkirk and its aftermath and wants to speak to as many Huddersfield veterans as possible.
He said entire divisions "had to stay and help the French. It was ghastly. They were sacrificed, thrown to the wolves".
Some forces, like the 51st Highland Division, backed by the Dukes, were left to fight to the bitter end.
Churchill then realised he had to rescue the remainder of his forces.
So he sent a second flotilla to rescue the troops left behind after Dunkirk.
Only the lucky and plucky got out.
L-Cpl Ward had to swim three miles out to sea to board a ship that took him home. He never fought again.
Anyone who wants to get in touch with Mr Sebag-Montefiore can phone him on 0207 435 1035 or 0207 435 1181.