After sometime I've finally decided to put a thread together on the defence of Hondeghem unfortunately only two family members of soldiers who were killed in the following action, who are also members of this forum, have contributed. One I had the pleasure of meeting in Hondeghem during the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk and the other one was close by but sadly we never got to meet-I believe she was still nursing a hangover from the night before! So thanks go to Brian Frost for pointing out the cook house to me and his assistance with the mayor and to Jane McVeigh-especially for giving me a copy of the German account of the battle. Also thanks goes to Brian (ADM199) for obtaining a copy of 5 RHA diary for May for me. Sadly the Regiment and local historian to Hondeghem never got back to me after I approached them for help. A surviving veteran did start to contribute on another thread but due to some areas not being confirmed I have decided to use the original published sources and just add a link to the veterans thread below for members to view his comments. Names and locations given are as documented in the war diary. Gunner Jack Johnson, L Sub Gun, K Battery, 5 RHA The fate of K Battery at Hondeghem started to unfold on the 24th May 1940 at 0830 hrs when the CO Lt. Col. AAM Durand MC and the regiments Adjutant, A/Capt. JR Kynaston who were in the area of Foret de Nieppe went to Force HQ Chateau at La Motte-Au-Bois where verbal orders were given for Macforce to proceed to Cassel with the objective of securing the high ground and denying it to the enemy. The CO and Adjutant returned to 5 RHA and after some confusion regarding the order of march the regiment moved off for Cassel at 1130 hrs. The route from Foret de Nieppe took them through Neuf Berquin - Vieux Berquin - Strazeele - Caestre - Cassel. At 1300 hrs the CO was stopped by G1 Lt. Col. Templar at Croix-Rouge and was ordered to divert one battery less two troops to Hondeghem to guard the roads around the village. Half a searchlight unit consisting of approx 75 men armed with 12 Bren Guns and Boyes A/T Rifles was also allocated to the battery for support in the infantry roll. Maj. RR Hoare, K Battery was stopped and given the task by the CO and inturn he selected F Troop with four 18 Pounder Guns under the command of Capt. B Teacher. He passed the order to of taking F Troop, K Battery to Hondeghem. In addition to F Troop and the searchlight unit Maj. RR Hoare also sent a small HQ under the command of BSM RJ Millard. Croix-Rouge. This shot is looking towards Caestre with Mont Cassel on the Horizon, the direction 5 RHA were traveling towards Cassel. It is here where Lt. Col. AAM Durand was stopped and where F Troop and party left for Hondeghem, almost certainly taking the road on the left.