As the German Army swept through Belgium and Northern France a massive naval operation was launched in May 1940 to bring home the British Expeditionary Force. At Dunkirk about 335,000 troops were taken off the beaches.
The 2nd Battalion was part of the force whose
task it was to delay the German advance while the evacuation
took place. It suffered very heavy losses and many men were
taken prisoner. The 2nd Battalion had been a thousand strong but
only 139 officers and men returned from Dunkirk.