Colyton Public School visited by world war 2 veteran

World War 2 Veteran: Marlon, Ibrahim, Justine and Jemima with 93-year-old George Craven.

World War 2 Veteran: Marlon, Ibrahim, Justine and Jemima with 93-year-old George Craven.

As part of their studies of The Diary of Anne Frank, Colyton Public School year 6 students were visited by a world war two veteran. 

Deputy principal Leigh Craven organised her grandfather, George William Craven to come to the school on Monday, September 11 to give the students an opportunity to meet someone who went to the war they were studying. 

"He does a lot of talks around Anzac Day and Remembrance Day up in Terrigal where he lives,” she said.

“I promised him for my 21st birthday I would make sure the younger generations knew about the wars and that history wouldn’t be forgotten.

“So this seemed the perfect chance to get him down to speak.”

Mr Craven served for five years, enlisting in 1942 at the young age of 18.

He said of the 12 officers and 300 men in his battalion he is the last surviving member. 

Colyton Public School year 6 students.

Colyton Public School year 6 students.

Students had the opportunity to ask the 93-year-old questions about his time in the Pacific, Dutch Indies and Morotai Island.  

“I did it for the love of my country. I don’t have any regrets,” he told the students.

“Some days were harder than others but you’d just carry on.

“If you play football, you don’t go onto the field scared you’ll get injured.

“You only think about winning – that’s what we did.”

Asked about how he kept his spirits up during the years, he said “letters from home”.

“I was lucky, my girlfriend at the time, now wife would write three a week,” he said.

“They were a big morale booster.”

Mr Craven said the day he found out the war ended was simply “wonderful”. 

“I knew I was safe and coming home,” he said.

“But no one goes to a war and comes home the same.” 

Question time: Students lined up on stage to ask questions.

Question time: Students lined up on stage to ask questions.