Michael Ayres 28th May 09
Is there any record of DUNERA’s movements immediately prior to July 1940, when she sailed to Australia? I am British but was born in Marseille in July 1939. My parents are long dead, but I have a recollection of being told that my mother and I were evacuated from Marseille on the last ship out of that port when I was aged 10 months, i.e. around May/June 1940, taking three weeks to reach Liverpool.
I have a vague memory of being told that the ship on which we sailed was the DUNERA (and that Somerset Maugham was a fellow–passenger!). I would be very glad to have confirmation or otherwise of my recollection.
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