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Leeds pupils get insight into life on the front line through two veterans

Gulf War veteran Simon Brown and ex-Halifax Bomber pilot Jack Dixon listen to poems by pupils from Woodkirk Academy during their visit to the school.

Gulf War veteran Simon Brown and ex-Halifax Bomber pilot Jack Dixon listen to poems by pupils from Woodkirk Academy during their visit to the school.

Two Yorkshire war heroes from different generations have given school pupils a talk about their experiences ahead of Remembrance Day.

Former corporal Simon Brown, who was shot in the face while serving in Basra in 2006, spoke to young people at Woodkirk Academy, in Rein Road, Tingley, alongside former Halifax Bomber pilot Jack Dixon yesterday.

The pair spoke of their experiences of war to give pupils a real insight and understanding of the sacrifices that can be made by the armed forces.

Mr Brown, who lost an eye and underwent reconstructive surgery after he was shot while saving six of his comrades, worked alongside Yorkshire Regiment soldiers before serving with the Royal Engineers in Iraq.

Along with talking about the past, Mr Brown explained his current work on behalf of the Royal British Legion and the Help the Heroes and Blind Veterans charities and how he recently helped the BBC create a documentary about the First World War during a question and answer session.

Mr Brown also talked about his thoughts on the Olympics and the pride he experienced while carrying the Olympic torch.

The academy’s annual Images of War bake sale, which took place during the school’s scheduled break, raised money for the Royal British Legion.

All proceeds from the bake sale were presented to Mr Brown, who is now preparing to pass the cheque on to the Morley division of the charity. There are currently more than 1,850 students being educated at Tingley’s Woodkirk Academy, including more than 300 sixth form students.

Visit: www.woodkirkacademy.co.uk for information on the school or: www.britishlegion.org.uk to donate to the charity.

 

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