2nd June 2010
I have recently recorded and typed the memoirs of Derek Birch who was in the 6th Lincolns from 1939. Although 90 and blind for
thirty years, Derek is an active man with a lively interest in the world around him. He was persuaded to record his life story for his family but I feel that it deserves a wider audience, now and in the future.
Derek was in France and Belgium and was among the last group to leave Dunkirk. After re-grouping, he was part of Southern Command guarding the South Coast. Seriously injured during training, he spent a year in hospital and was then unfit for active service.
Eventually, he was posted to The Orkneys until war ended.
His account of these years is detailed and absorbing. If it would be of interest in the Regiment Archives, please contact me.
4th June 2010
Thank you for your promt reply and your interest.
Mr. Birch would be delighted to donate a printed version of his book to the Regimental Archive. The book is the story of Derek's life in Grantham from 1919 and provides a social record of the period. If Ms. Frisby feels than it would be appropriate in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life we will ensure that a copy reaches her.
To this email, I have attached the pages relevant to his army service.