2023 was another great year for entries into the Young Historian Competition. 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

Winner: Hattie Simpson, Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth

Key Stage 3 Category

Winner: Ayan Sinha, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield

Primary Category

Winner: James Metherell, Eltham College Junior School

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 Namyo Limbu from Queen Ethelburga’s College, Yorkshire who wrote an essay entitled, ‘The Heroes of the Himalyas’. Namyo’s father is an active serving Gurkha, alongside his paternal and maternal grandfathers being Gurkha war veterans. He felt it a moral duty to talk about the history, significance, and importance of the Gurkhas.

Read the essay here!

Isle of Man Prize

Winner: Daniel Cross, Ramsey Grammar School