Invitation to war veterans

WORLD War two veterans across the region are being invited to apply for the chance to return to their former battlefields through the National Lottery.

So far the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Heroes Return 2’ programme has awarded more than £520,000 to pay for the return trips of 850 Second World War veterans, widows, spouses and carers from Yorkshire and The Humber. It is now being extended.

Herbert Vaughan, aged 84, of Sheffield, was given a £5,500 grant to return to Burma, along with his wife and daughter. It was the country where he was born and where he signed up to the Royal Army Medical Corps at the age of 16 in 1942, lying about his age.

“During the trip we visited the war cemetery just outside Rangoon and I came across one grave I recognised as belonging to someone I knew from my battalion,” he said.

“A Royal British Legion wreath was also laid and we signed the cemetery’s visitors book.”

lThe lottery scheme was launched in 2004 to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Details: 0845 00 00 121 or visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/heroesreturn