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Kingsclere Primary School's special visitor

Wartime veteran provides living history

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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KINGSCLERE Primary School pupils experienced some living history on Tuesday last week when a wartime veteran paid the school a visit.

In line with Armistice Day commemorations last Friday, and Remembrance Sunday, pupils at the school in Ash Grove had the chance to meet 92-year-old Stan Bowyer.

“The 92-years-young war veteran talked to the children about his experiences in Normandy and Holland,” said headteacher Steve Wells. 

During the afternoon, pupils also met Colonel Charles Broadfoot from the Royal Artillery 74 Support Battery (The Battle Axe Company), who talked about the role of his battalion.

“They got to meet the ‘Axe Man’ – the person who carries their historic axe, given to them as a gift after the capture of Martinique in the Caribbean, in 1809, from the French,” said Mr Wells.

Pupils also had chance to get behind the wheel of some military wartime vehicles.

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