War memoirs go on sale

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 December 2011 | UPDATED: 13:38 15 December 2011

Clive Burlton

Clive Burlton

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A NORTH Somerset author has started selling a book in Belgium based on experiences of a former war veteran.

Clive Burlton, who lives in Congresbury, has written Trenches to Trams which tells the life story of George Pine from Bristol.

George was the grandfather of Clive’s wife and after fighting on the frontline in World War One, he then survived the Blitz in World War Two.

Clive said: “There has been fantastic interest from Belgium where there is still a huge affection for the British First World War soldiers.

“Because it is a story of one individual it has tremendous resonance with other people who are visiting Ypres to find out about their own ancestors.

“The bookshops there were really keen to stock the book, which contains some photographs and maps that have never been seen before.

“George could never have imagined that a book about his life would one day be on sale just a few miles from the trenches where he fought and where he was injured.

Trenches to Trams, priced £14.99, is on sale near the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres where a rendition of the Last Post is played every night. It is also available from local bookshops.

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