Second World War tales told to youngsters

Chelsea Pensioner John Gallagher visited youngsters at Hazel Leys Nursery and Primary School
Chelsea Pensioner John Gallagher visited youngsters at Hazel Leys Nursery and Primary School
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Youngsters at a Corby nursery and primary school welcomed a Chelsea Pensioner who spoke to them about the Second World War.

Year 5 and 6 children at Hazel Leys Nursery and Primary School have been studying the Second World War and teachers said they have shown bags of enthusiasm for the topic.

As part of the section on the D-Day Landings, the year 6 children wrote an emotive poem.

The school felt it would be a wonderful opportunity for them if they could perform it to someone who was or had been a serviceman or woman.

Alison Eden, teaching assistant, contacted the Royal Hospital Chelsea to ask if there was a way for the children could share their poetry.

She was told that it could be arranged for a Chelsea Pensioner to travel to the school to spend a day with children.

Chelsea Pensioner John Gallagher, an ex-staff clerk in the Royal Ordnance Corps, spent nine years in the armed forces and became a Chelsea Pensioner last year.

He spends much of his time visiting schools, representing The Royal Hospital and raising awareness for Veterans Aid, a charity assisting ex forces personnel who need a little help.

During his visit, he spent time talking to the children in year 5 and 6 about aspects of the Second World War and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. He spoke about friends who were involved in the D-Day Landings and shared their stories.

Mrs Morgan, Year 6 teacher said, “The children were mesmerised by his stories and I am sure his visit is one they will remember for a long time.”