Keighley veteran shares his memories with school pupils

Allerton pupil Ayshah Ahmed, who was celebrating her tenth birthday, with Edgar Bottomley

Allerton pupil Ayshah Ahmed, who was celebrating her tenth birthday, with Edgar Bottomley

First published in News

A proud war veteran from Keighley has been taking youngsters on a trip down memory lane.

Edgar Bottomley – soon to be 90 – stepped into the breach when teachers at Allerton Primary in Bradford were struggling to find someone to talk to year fives about the Second World War.

Marketing and admissions officer Ruth Bottomley – Mr Bottomley's grand-daughter – had the answer. She said: “I told them ‘Hang on. I think I might know someone’. And Grandad was happy to do it.”

Mr Bottomley served in the Royal Navy during the war, having joined up at the age of 19. At the school, he took along his medals for the children to see and gave them a fascinating insight into his experiences.

In 1985, Mr Bottomley was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to community and industry, having worked as an engineer in Keighley. “He did a lot of work for apprenticeships,” said Miss Bottomley.

Mr Bottomley lives in Keighley with his wife of 68 years, Kathleen. The couple have one son, Stuart.

The school visit provided another first for the pupils. “Many of the children have never met anyone as old as Grandad!” said Miss Bottomley.

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