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Second World War veteran tells his story to pupils

Evesham Editorial 8th Jul, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A SECOND World War veteran has visited Pershore High School to talk to students about his wartime experiences.

Harold Wilson, 95, who was recently presented with the prestigious Legion d’honneur in recognition of his services in France, visited the Station Road school to talk about his time serving with the Scottish Yeomanry in Normandy as a tank driver, in Operations Epsom, Goodwood and Bluecoat.

During Operation Goodwood, Mr Wilson’s Sherman Tank was struck by a missile which killed both the radio operator and the gunner, both aged 18.

Despite the tragedy, the next day he was back in action in a replacement tank.

During the war, Mr Wilson also saw action in the famous Battle of the Bulge from December 1944 to January 1945, before being stationed in the Belgium city of Antwerp.

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