LCpl Parsons received students from years five and six into his medical store depot whilst he was putting the final touches to packing his medical material for the upcoming offensive on “fortress Europe”.
Once all the visitors were sat comfortably he went on to explain how he had joined the Army as an Orderly in the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1935 and how fate saw him becoming part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in 1939.
He told his visitors how he had been evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940 as part of Operation Dynamo and discussed with the audience the advances in training, equipment and doctrine in the last four years of war. The lessons that had been learned from the disastrous attempts at the amphibious assault in 1940 and subsequent evacuation, when as part of the Franco Allied Operation to assist Norway in repelling the Nazi invasion was discussed at length.
LCpl Parsons went on to describe how confident he is with the support and the vast amounts of troops and vessels amassed to strike at fortress Europe for the upcoming Operation Overlord.
Edith Weston Primary School core values of PRIDE; (Politeness, Respect, Independence, Determination, Enjoyment), were all too evident from the visitors to LCpl Parsons. The pertinent questions from all students to him and the practical ability of applying shell dressings in pairs at the end of the students visit confirmed an afternoon that all year five and six should PRIDE themselves on!
In summary; a delightful Period of Presentations from Parsons Period Presentations with the usual hands on learning opportunities for students on offer and a consummate clarification for teachers to confirm that the term of WW2 study had been a success.