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Forthcoming BBC Programme on Belsen

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Forthcoming BBC Programme on Belsen

involving the Father of

Major Clyde Aylin

Major Clde Aylin reports that he has recently been filmed by the BBC about a programme they are making to be shown next month (March). It is about the part his father, a young Royal Artillery officer, played in the liberation of Belsen in April 44 and the DP camp which he then created for thousands of destitute men women and children.He fed the hungry,gave shelter to the homeless and tended the sick and the dying.It may be of interest to those who served with me.

Clyde’s father was a talented artist and encouraged his flock to paint and draw as a part of their Rehabilitation and this appears to be an area of interest.These are a couple of caricatures while he was serving on South Coast Defence in 43. He edited the Battery magazine and did all the caricatures and cartoons with a mapping pen and ink! His war diaries, drawings and book were presented by Clyde to the Gunner museum (yet to be built) at Larkhill. Clyde opines that Like most of our Crown Jewels, Woolwich has been sold! Clyde recall that his father was an educated man ,who spoke two European languages fluently. After enlisting on the outbreak of war was the Battery clerk (he could read and write) in his Gunner Battery on Gib, before being sent back home by his Battery Commander to be commissioned at Llandudno. After coastal defence he was the first ALO at RAF Tangmere with Douglas Bader's mob. He flew bombing ops in Bostons and Mitchel aircraft. He was very critical of the accuracy of RAF bombing!. Come Nov 45, he was demobbed without a pension initially til Monty banged the table in the Lords for wartime officers like my Father. He was latterly rewarded for his work in 46,by being appointed head of Repatriation and Resettlement in the BMG of Germany. Clyde natuarlly is very proud of his achievements.

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