Please reply to this post with any family history linked to World War II.
The children have begun presenting family stories and artifacts in class and this is helping to bring the history and reality of the second world war to life.
It helps to have exact detail written down so that we can find out about and discuss the actual battles, experiences and memories. Or perhaps you could help your son or daughter put together a presentation that they could show to the class.
As a start, here is Ellie’s incredibly poignant story of her great uncle Frank.
He grew up in West London, passed the exam to get into grammar school, and studied medicine at university, planning to become a doctor. He signed up for the war and fought alongside his friends, many of whom he saw die. He ran up the Normandy beaches on D-day carrying a radio and heard a scream next to him as his friend was shot. He knelt down to help him but he died in his arms. When he returned home, he decided he no longer wanted to be a doctor because he didn’t want anyone else to die in his arms; so he became a bus driver and the conductress of the bus became his wife. He never spoke about the horrors he had seen at war.