Heroes Return Blog – Stories from Second World War veterans’ trips


Robert Day returns to the battlefields of Egypt by The National Lottery Community Fund

Robert Day served in World War 2 in Northern Africa as a tank engineer, getting them back to the front line. This film follows his return to El Alamein, Egypt where he visits the battlefields he fought on, military cemeterys and museums.



Ron Toasting to Winston Churchill by The National Lottery Community Fund

Last week Ron found himself at the Cabinet War Rooms in London as a special guest at the National Lottery’s 15th Anniversary celebrations. As Ron toured the venue, he came across a familiar face.

“What few people, if any, at the reception would have known is that I have a particular affinity with Winston Churchill as he was the Hon. Colonel of my old regiment, the 4th QOH and that I had attended a dinner at which he was present in late 1945.”

I would not have missed the whole experience for anything. A big thank-you to the Big Lottery Fund for making the trip possible.”



Jack Fowler serving in the Army during World War Two by The National Lottery Community Fund
December 3, 2009, 10:35 am
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This picture shows a young Jack Fowler in the middle of his friends that he saw service with in the Second World War



The monument and the maize by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 23, 2009, 5:03 pm
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monument and maize



Wesley interviewed by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 22, 2009, 10:39 am
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Weert by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 22, 2009, 10:32 am
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the people at the memorialA civic reception. Coffee and pastries. The town really has pulled all the stops out. It is true that there is a deep sense of genuine gratitude for, as the teacher just said to her class of children, “the people who made Europe free”. There are special flags on the church tower and the bells are going to ring at 5 tonight . Letters from the RAF Association president and others to the Mayor of Weert.

Larry very moved at the grave. He looked at the new stones and said “They gave their yesterdays so we could have our tomorrows.”



The liberation memorial by The National Lottery Community Fund
September 22, 2009, 10:00 am
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the liberation memorial