Staffordshire Moorlands family pay personal tribute on VJ Day

A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands family are paying their own special tribute on the 75th anniversary of VJ [Victory over the Japanese] Day today (August 15).

Historian Levison Wood senior, 67, from Forsbrook, was joined by his son, explorer and TV personality Levison Wood junior, 38, on a journey to find out what life was like for his father, Levison Hopkin Wood, while serving in the Burma Campaign during the Second World War.

Levison Hopkin Wood saw active service with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers and was engaged in the bloody fighting in the jungles of Burma.

Levison Wood senior says his father rarely talked about the war, but added: "One thing Dad said was that he carried no ill will to the people of Japan. he always wanted to go back."

A short film about Levison Hopkin Wood's active service in Burma, 'My Grandfather's War,' has been produced by his grandson, a retired British major, and was shown on the National Army Museum website last night.

It was made with the help of Levison Wood junior's father and Dr Peter Johnston of the National Army Museum.

It includes not only Levison Hopkin Wood's personal story, but that of many other soldiers who fought in what was known as the 'Forgotten War'.


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