Young Historian Award 2016

The Primary School Winner is St Stephen’s School, Fradley
The Year 5&6 children of St Stephen’s School put a huge amount of effort into researching Fradley during World War 2. They compiled a folder of work which encompassed a number of topics around Fradley during the war including the air hangers, Pill Boxes, Grave Stones and street names. There was also a focus of Remembrance in their folder.

The Key Stage 3 Winner was Isabella Prince from Framlingham College
Isabella wrote an essay entitled ‘Did Bawdsey Radar Station deserve a £1.4 million Grant’? This topic was very well researched especially as Isabella took the time to visit Bawdsey transmitter block in person. The essay discusses the historical importance of radar in WW2, how it was invented and used and why Bawdsey deserves a Heritage Grant. Photos of Isabella below who received her award at the Normandy Veterans Reunion in October.

The Key Stage 3 Highly Commended Local History Prize Winner was Emily Corkish from Ramsey Grammar School. Emily wrote an excellent essay around the significant role of the Isle of Man in the second world war which covered the changes to the island and the day to day operation at the airfields, radar sites, camps and ranges.

75th D Day Anniversary Commemorations

The Royal British Legion is working with partners including the Government, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Normandy Memorial Trust and the Spirit of Normandy Trust to plan significant commemorations to mark D Day 75 both in France and the UK.

Contacting the Royal British Legion or registering on the Legion’s D Day 75 website will enable the partners to communicate with the veterans and their families as plans are confirmed and more details are released.

Click here for registration details.

Lost Medals have been safely returned!

John Hawkins a Korean veteran wishes to sincerely thank everyone for the great efforts to find his lost/stolen medals. This interesting and sought after group of medals mysteriously went missing after the event following the service held on the 6th June this year at the Normandy Veterans Memorial at the NMA Alrewas. John attended with a group from the Southend veterans. The medals were despatched to John by post with no note or indication of the identification of the sender, the package had a Tamworth post mark.

This is a great result and it should be noted that the medal collecting and dealing fraternity is comparatively small and there is a good network advising dealers and collectors of stolen or lost medals which are easily identified by those who buy, sell or collect medals, especially those of special interest.