Working in close liaison with the Young Historian Project, the Trust awards annual prizes for essays submitted by schools throughout the country relating to World War 2 events and their historical significance.

These prizes are for groups and individual pupils in three categories, and in very special circumstances, within the EU. The veterans are especially keen that children should know what the War meant to Servicemen and their families. They are happy to visit local schools by invitation to talk to children and answer their questions.  This “living documentary” has been shown to inspire the children and to ignite their imagination. This has been most apparent in the content of many of the essays written in response to the Trust’s essay competition run in conjunction with the Young Historian Project.In March 2006 it was decided by the Trustees, with the approval of General Martin’s family, to create a new award for the Young Historians, entitled “The General Peter Martin Award”. This award, for £100 and in Memory of General Martin, will only be given if an entry is considered to be exceptionally outstanding.All entries submitted will receive recognition of participation and prize winners will be invited to attend a prize giving ceremony and buffet usually held in London.

The Young Historian Project is an offshoot of the well established and highly respected Historical Association about which a great deal more can be learned at

This alliance with the Young Historian group has brought to the Trust the extremely professional services of Dr. Trevor James and his committee of educators, all of whom are, like the Trustees, unpaid volunteers. It is this committee that receives the entries and sits in judgement on the submissions before making its recommendations to the Trust.

Those entries are usually a class project or that of an after school Group in the primary age range.

Prizes in this category are;
Winning entry – £100.
School or Group also receive – £150

Key Stage 3 Usually individual entries in this category.
Prizes in this category are;
Winning entry – £100.
School or Group also receive – £150.

Senior Usually individual entries in this category.
Prizes in this category are;
Winning entry – £100.
School or Group also receive – £150.

Details of entry available from; Dr. Trevor James on 01543-301097

2017 Winners

This year our annual competition in association with the Young Historian Project saw two worthy winners attend the reunion event to be presented with their prizes. Jessica Stone won the Key Stage 3 Prize for her analysis of the Battle of Britain as a turning point in World War 2. Jed Mussell won the Primary Prize for his work documenting the War, built on his interaction with Normandy Veterans during a Heritage Tour of Normandy. He also wrote a book describing the life experiences of a young soldier. Jed was also awarded the General Peter Martin Prize for the exceptional submission in this year’s competition. His certificate was presented to him by General Martin’s Granddaughter, Flaminia Martin, a Trustee for the Spirit of Normandy Trust.

Jed receiving the General Peter Martin award.
Jess receiving her certificate and plaque for the Key stage 3 category.

Hector Duff MM, BEM, Leg.d’hon , recently visited Ramsey Grammar School on the Isle of Man to present the participants of the Trust’s Young Historian Project with certificates to mark their achievements in the Key Stage 3 YHP 2017 competition. Natalie Sewell was Very Highly Commended, she also received a book token. Three of the Pupils’ entries were Highly Commended and the remaining 12 pupils’ entries were Commended.

Hector Duff with Very Highly Commended Natalie Sewell.
Highly Commended Pupils with Hector Duff
Ramsey Grammar School Commended Pupils