He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel.
En-route to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire. Evacuated from Dunkirk on HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk.
Recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy. En-route, his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck.
As British Prime Minister Winston Churchill observed following the Battle of Britain - "Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few".