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From Spitfires to poetry

PUBLISHED: 15:10 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:18 25 August 2010

PROUD: Albert Bennett holding the anthology containing his poem, Remembrance.

PROUD: Albert Bennett holding the anthology containing his poem, Remembrance.

A NINETY-five-year-old Burma Star WWII veteran said he is proud and emotional that his poem was published in a book of war poetry. Albert Bennett, who was at the liberation of Changi Prison in Singapore in 1945, has had his poem Remembrance, which was

A NINETY-five-year-old Burma Star WWII veteran said he is 'proud and emotional' that his poem was published in a book of war poetry.

Albert Bennett, who was at the liberation of Changi Prison in Singapore in 1945, has had his poem Remembrance, which was commended by the Queen, published in Tides of Life.

Although it was first released in July of this year, publishers Forward Press were flooded and the first batch destroyed, so Mr Bennett only received his copy last Friday.

Mr Bennett, of Tudor Close, Dartford, said: "It is emotional to see your poem being published in a collection of poems like that.

"My poem is right on the last page, and I think it is a fitting end to the book."

Now one of the last surviving members of 155 Spitfire Squadron, Mr Bennett added: "I am very proud."

He said he wrote Remembrance in 1995 following a Burma Star parade attended by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Mr Bennett will be collecting for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal on November 11 at Sidcup Morrisons this Saturday, and at The Mall, in Bexleyheath town centre, the following Saturday.

lizzie.thornton@archant.co.uk

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