(Taken down by me on 25/7/17 in Victors own words.)
My first job was working for Metro Vickers as a blacksmith striker.
I had always wanted to work in the carpentry trade but could not find
Victor has been asked to do a Q and A session with a group of local school children. He has also been invited to visit Sydney in September to meet with the director of " Dunkirk"
July 30 2017
The 98-year-old man served six months in the war and was on the beaches as German troops advanced into France in 1940, trapping Allied forces on Dunkirk beach.
Dunkirk survivor Victor Power.
"I don't like war, I hated what I did," he said.
"To pick your rifle up and go 'bang' and shoot a man down, that is not normal.
"The first time I fired at my enemy I was crying."
The former rear guard said he was the one of the last soldiers to be picked up from the "noisy, hectic" French beach, the setting for Christopher Nolan's latest film Dunkirk.
"We had to fight the Germans, stop, move on and fight the Germans as they followed us," he said.
"By the time I got to the beach I was close to
the time for pick-up because there was hardly anybody on the beach.
"The majority of them must have got away before I got there.
"Everything was moving, even the tide was moving."
The British-born man was at New Farm Cinemas on Sunday for a screening of the film and he admitted he wasn't a fan of previous films about the evacuation.
"I have seen two other pictures and I called them rubbish because it didn't depict anything I had been through," he said.
"I speak to you in truth so why can't I see a picture that tells the truth."
Wearing a tanned suit weighed down with medals, the New Farm local spoke of the hardship of adjusting to life after battle.
"I couldn't do any jobs, my conscience was telling me to give it away all the time," he said.
"I was in training to be a builder, that was before the war, but afterwards I went back and I didn't like it."
Mr Power got married while he was at war and in the 1950s brought his wife, son and daughter over to Australia, where he has lived ever since.
"I had seven days' leave, I got married," he said.
"Seven days went quickly, you didn't feel like you got married, then I went back, back in the uniform.
"Time goes so quick, I didn't think I was going to live this long ... this is all new, but I love it."
Victor's Ordre National de la Légion dhonneur
Spike Macey Victor Power and Bill Duffy