‘He spent six days and nights on that beach, covered in blood and saving lives’: One of the last remaining survivors from the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation dies, aged 99

One of the final survivors of the Imperial Naval force’s Dunkirk protect operation has kicked the bucket matured 99.

Vic Viner, who burned through six days and evenings on the shorelines amid the Second World War protect mission in 1940, passed on Thursday, his family said.

The 99-year-old, who presented with the Naval force in the vicinity of 1933 and 1947, was a ‘shoreline ace’ amid the departures and marshaled troops off the sand and onto the little ships.

Mr Viner was accepted to be one of the last surviving Regal Naval force veterans to partake in Operation Dynamo.

Ian Gilbert, previous commodore of the Relationship of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS), paid tribute to Mr Viner, ‘an incredible individual with a wonderful identity’ who ‘never assumed of himself as some person who was a ways into their 90s’.

‘He was exceptionally critical for us as he was the last survivor of what was known as the Imperial Maritime shoreline aces,’ he said.

‘They were arrived by the Illustrious Naval force on the shorelines of Dunkirk and their occupation was to marshal the troops in a deliberate manner to get them onto the vessels.

‘He’s surely the last Illustrious Naval force veteran that I realize that participated in Operation Dynamo.’

Mr Viner’s more seasoned sibling, Albert, was one of 300 men who kicked the bucket on MV Peaked Hawk on May 29 when it was shelled by German planes amid the protect mission.

Mr Viner, who was 23 at the time, was on the shoreline when the Thames paddle steamer was hit.

He looked as flares tore through the vessel, murdering all on board, and later found that his 25-year-old sibling was one of those to have kicked the bucket.

Talking at an administration to recollect the individuals who lost their lives on the vessel a year ago, Mr Viner stated: ‘It’s a significant privilege to be here, and I am exceptionally pleased.

‘I have just got a year and 303 days to go before I am 100. Bert, up there, he is likely looking down saying, ‘Go on sibling, continue onward’.’

The day preceding Operation Dynamo started on May 27, Mr Viner was requested on board a destroyer and advised to take one of its little pontoons and get officers from the shorelines.

‘When I got back on my fourth outing my partner close to me stated, ‘You have blood staring you in the face’. I looked down and there was blood the distance down – we had sweated blood,’ he told the Press Affiliation a year ago.

Mr Viner was then sent to the shorelines and educated by Chief William Tennant – who regulated the Dunkirk departures – to make ‘arrange out of confusion’.

He was positioned at the Bawl Rises, only north of Dunkirk, for about seven days amid the operation.

‘It was ghastly, course it was – being besieged each day, no nourishment, no water, stinking like distraught,’ he said.

‘You can’t tell anyone what it resembled, you needed to have been there.’

The veteran as of late met with film chief Christopher Nolan, who is making a film in light of the Dunkirk departures, to share his own understanding.

‘I think it was a genuinely astounding knowledge for Christopher – less so for Vic, who was totally courageous by anyone,’ Mr Gilbert said.

Surrey-based Mr Viner had two youngsters, Michael and Elizabeth, and two grandchildren.

Patrick Viner, 43, said his granddad, whose stock expression was ‘all’s very much’, trusted the key to his long life was ‘a glass of wine and chocolate’.

‘I think he chose he had done all that he needed to do,’ Patrick said.

‘His significant other, Winnie, passed a couple of years prior, and I think he was prepared and cheerful to go and see her.’

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