Children captivated by Theo’s war experiences

CHILDREN from St George’s Primary, Mossley, were captivated to learn about the war-time exploits of 96-year-old Theo Eaves.

Remembrance St George’s

The former RAF wireless operator/air gunner visited the exhibition at St George’s Church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Theo, who flew 35 Wellington bomber missions during the Second World War in North Africa, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia, was brought along by the Tameside Armed Service Community.

He spoke about his experiences to each class from St George’s as it visited the exhibition.

Theo, who lives in Poynton, also told youngsters that his father Sydney served in the Royal Flying Corps in both the First and Second World Wars.

The former headmaster – he was at North Salford Secondary and Irwell Valley High School – speaks regularly to children.

And he explained the most frequently asked questions were about his medals, was he frightened and by adults why he chose the RAF?

Theo, who is still a lay pastor at Green Close Chapel, near Bollington, added he was inspired by his father and was only 16 years of age when he signed up in 1939.

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