Gerald (GAFFER) Lankshear 1918 - 2006
Gerry's father was Ron's Uncle Tom actually also Gerald. Gerry was in the rear guard at Dunkirk and
was a POW in Poland. Finally escaped on the long march back to Germany and
was helped by a Polish family and he married their daughter and started a family
in England and then migrated to Canada. Gerry and Zofia's family is a major
contributor to Ontario and beyond. Bless Him and our thoughts and prayers are
with Zofia and all their family.
Some historic pictures of Gerry and family
Feb 11 edition of the Montreal Gazette
LANKSHEAR, Gerald Alfred Frank. Passed away at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington, Ontario, on Tuesday, February 7, 2006, in his eighty-eighth year. Beloved husband of Zofia. Loved father of Penelope Lankshear of Mitchell, Richard and his wife Brenda of Burlington, Kenneth and his wife Sara of Burlington, Jill Lankshear of Pointe Claire, Quebec and the late Robin. Cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Pamela (Jason), Michael (Laura), Meghan, Alex, Jessica, Brian and Makenna and great-grandfather of Zachary, Sierra, Harrison and Chase. Cremation and a private family service have taken place. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333.
Farewell: - For tributes please see http://brant.smithsfh.com/Obituary.asp?id=1354 - lovely comments by his children , their children and friends.
From UK, British Army Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
G. A. F. Lankshear Private 6846516 Middlesex Regiment POW Number: 16548 Camp Type: Stalag XX-A Torun, Poland Record Office: Infantry and Army Physical Training Corps Record Office, Stanwell Road School, Ashford, Middlesex Record Office Number: 23
Gerry known as Gaffer (GAF) was in rearguard at Dunkirk and was a POW from thereon. The men who stayed enabled 338,226 men to escape.