HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — The hit World War II film “Dunkirk” really hits home for one New York veteran.
Cyril Tozer, of Ridge in Suffolk County, was a 17-year-old soldier in the British army when more than 350,000 Allied troops were trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk, France, by the Germans in late May 1940.
Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2ePoHAr ) that the 93-year-old retiree watched the film Wednesday in a theater in Holtsville. He says he shed a few tears because of the friends he lost at Dunkirk.
Tozer survived being bombed and strafed by German planes while waiting to be evacuated. He and most of the Allied forces made it back to England. Tozer later served in North Africa and Italy, where he was wounded.
He moved to the U.S. in 1953 and worked as a chauffeur on Long Island estates.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com