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26th Jun, 2022

Second World War veteran inspires Balsall Common pupils to discover more about the war

Sarah Mason 7th Jan, 2022

PUPILS at Balsall Common Primary School were inspired to research their family roles in the Second World War thanks to a local veteran.

During the lockdowns pupils at the school had virtual lessons with Maurice Bennett about his life as a bomber pilot and the war.

Maurice, who is a resident at Harper Fields care home in Balsall Common, also answered their questions to help with their school work.

The Balsall Street East school then organised a competition to write about the war, their own family stories and about Maurice’s experiences in honour of his 100th birthday in September.

The projects were handed to Maurice for him to read and enjoy.

Sharon, activities coordinator at Harper Fields told pupils: “Your news stories on 100 year old Maurice Bennett are truly awesome.

“Each and every one of you have a super talent.

“Reading your articles about your own great grandparent’s efforts in World War Two was so moving and heartfelt.”

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