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Let me teach our school children about the wars'

PUBLISHED: 14:06 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

AS millions prepare to mark Remembrance Sunday, a Burma Star WWII veteran appeals to headteachers to allow him to speak in class about the historic conflicts.

AS millions prepare to mark Remembrance Sunday, a Burma Star WWII veteran appeals to headteachers to allow him to speak in class about the historic conflicts.

RAF instrument technician Albert Bennett, 95, of Tudor Close, Dartford, was at the liberation of the infamous Changi Prison in Singapore in 1945.

He told the Times that his message this Sunday would be to schools, asking them to invite people like him to share their experiences with pupils.

Mr Bennett, who will spend the day at St George's RAF chapel at Biggin Hill airport, said: "I don't think schools teach kids enough about the war and the sacrifice that we all made. If they did, some very valuable lessons would be passed on. A lot of people of my generation feel the same.

"I have tried for years to get a school to let me talk to their pupils about my experiences, but none of them have taken me up on it.

"I bet the kids would be interested if they were given the chance.

"That would be my message this year, to say to schools, we are willing and able to come and talk to the children if you'll have us!"

Held on the second Sunday of November, Remembrance Sunday is the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918.

It is followed by services on Armistice Day itself - which is on Wednesday this year - at 11am, when hostilities actually ceased, now 91 years ago.

Mr Bennett will be collecting for the Royal British Legion's (RBL) Poppy Appeal at The Mall, in Albion Road, Bexleyheath, this Saturday.

He said: "There has been a great deal more interest this year, which I suspect has something to do with our continued presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It never should be forgotten because we don't want to go into any more wars. We are getting fewer and fewer, so it's important that we all make the most of the time we do have together.

"I noticed at the Burma Star parade in Duxford that while there was around 400 veterans there the year before, this year there was only about 50. We're all dropping off you see!

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