D-Day veteran brings history to life

Laurie Burn with pupils at Highfield Prep School
Laurie Burn with pupils at Highfield Prep School
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History was brought to life at Highfield Prep School when pupils were joined by a veteran from the D-Day landings.

Laurie Burn, 92, was part of the “Seahorses” who formed the first landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Pupils listened intently to Mr Burn as he shared his memories of the preparations for the landings before recalling the day itself.

The visit formed part of Year six pupils’ focus on World War Two. On hearing Mr Burn’s first-hand account, one pupil said: “Listening to somebody who was actually at the D-Day landings was amazing.”

Highfield teacher, Peter Frost, said: “We always try to bring history to life with real life experiences. This is a wonderful example of how a primary source of information has added greatly to the children’s understanding of this momentous part of our country’s history.”