2022 saw an excellent number of entries into the Young Historian competition across all categories. Thank you to all entrants who took the time to put together their pieces of work. It’s really important to the Trust that the memories of those who were involved in the Normandy landings and the war are remembered. We feel that this competition is a great way to learn more about the this period of history and we certainly enjoy reading the work.

Senior Category

Harry Woolston from Bexhill Sixth Form College.

Harry wrote a very detailed, thorough and well informed entry titled ‘The British Involvement in the Second World War’. He broke his project down into 3 sections which included The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and The British Army.

Read Harry’s project… Click here!

Runner up:
Hana from Abbey School

Key Stage 3 Category

James Maddison of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield.

James wrote an essay called, ‘My Great-Grandfather and the Italian Campaign’. The essay talks of his grandfathers experience in the Italian Campaign which may explain why he did not want to talk of the war in future years.

Read James’essay….Click here!

Runners up:
Ayan from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield.
Annie from Caterham School.


Jonathan Hibbs of Darvell School, Robertsbridge.

Jonathan wrote a piece called ‘Untold Stories of Singapore’. He wrote about his great, great uncle who served in the Royal Navy as Marine and his journey through World War 2.

Read Jonathan’s essay…Click here!

Runner up:
St Simon’s Catholic Primary School, Hazel Grove Stockport

General Martin Prize

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. This year we have awarded this to a group entry form Wilson’s School entitled ‘How Important was Croydon Airport during WW2?’ This is a fascinating entry, particularly as the school that submitted this entry is built on part of the Airport.

Read the entry…Click here!