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‘I’m lost for words’ Veteran, 95, overcome with emotion after visit to primary school to give ‘greatest history lesson’

A 95-year-old war veteran was welcomed into a primary school in Cardiff to give pupils a special history lesson.

Ted Owens, who fought on D-day and helped liberate Dunkirk in 1944, spent the day telling the schoolchildren about his time as a soldier in the Second World War.

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School has forged a special relationship with Ted after he travelled through France and Germany with two pupils, brother and sister Evan and Caoimhe Lewis to make a television programme.

Ted

During the television series, Ted and the children visit war graves and battlefields in a trip they described as the “greatest history lesson ever”

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Being able to talk to a witness of WW2 is like turning the pages of a thrilling history book. His stories can be shocking and sometimes they can even make you feel a little sick – like the time he did not even notice that rats had eaten his toenails while he slept.

As we travelled we asked Ted loads of questions.Sometimes I think we asked him questions which grown-ups might not ask. We asked him about losing friends in the war and what it was like to kill somebody.

– EVAN LEWIS

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Pupils at Evan and Caoimhe’s school were also given the opportunity to hear his war stories first-hand.

Ted

He is a hero and I’m extremely glad that he could make it here because everyone wants to hear him and see him and listen to what he has to say.

– TOM, PUPIL AT ST. MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ted
I’m lost for words.

It makes me feel like I’ve done something good for the younger generation.

I only hope it will sink in and help them.

I am proud of that.

– TED OWENS

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