Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes

Ashley Webb nominates senior British Army officer, Lord Gort.

John Vereker (Lord Gort) was born on 10th July 1886.

At the start of World War II, he became the Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force and, in this role, organised the evacuation of Dunkirk.

In later life, Lord Gort lived in East Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight, having grew up on the Isle of Wight as a child.

He joined the Grenadier Guards in 1905, promoted to lieutenant in 1907.

Promoted to Captain on 5th August 1914 and was part of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front.

The Vereker family name is long associated with East Cowes. He died on 31 March 1946.

Lord Gort was portrayed in the 1958 film Dunkirk by Cyril Raymond


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