War veteran shares stories of life as a PoW in Burma

Photo contributed
Photo contributed

Last week children at Albourne CE School had a visit from local war veteran, 97 year old Fergus Anckorn, who became a prisoner in Burma during the Second World War.

He shared some of his incredible story, whilst also showing a few magic tricks to amaze the children – the same tricks that he used to keep the Japanese guards distracted and entertained and to help his friends endure the horrors of the Burma railway - Angus was the youngest member of the magic circle at the age of 18, and is now the oldest!.

Listening to his experiences, the injuries and unbelievable events that he and his colleagues went through was an amazing opportunity for the children.

Comments from the pupils included:

‘It is quite frightening what he had been through – he had to do such dangerous things’

‘I can’t believe he’s been through so many injuries and survived them all.’

‘I liked the fact that he said the bad things were actually good things in the end’

We are very grateful to Fergus for giving up his time to come and speak at Albourne, and share his war memorabilia – what a privilege to meet him!

Contributed by Albourne CE School

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