In 1946, when he was just 8 years of age, local Royal British Legion member Ted Marsh, was the proud recipient of a letter sent by King George VI to all the school children of the United Kingdom on the first anniversary of victory in Europe, 8th June 1946.

He brought the certificate along to a recent meeting of the Orihuela Costa and District Branch where he briefly read the extract and showed it around many of the members.

The letter was a personal message of praise and encouragement from the king who spoke of the hardships endured as well as the courage and the enterprise that they provided in achieving victory.

Overleaf the letter includes a timeline of “Important War Dates” and a blank space for “My Family’s War Record”.

Ted would like to know if there are any other individuals living on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida who were also recipients of the letter, perhaps with a view of meeting together and sharing memories and experiences.

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