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Author brings Walton war hero Herbert Columbine to life
10:00am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
AN author has written a book about the wartime exploits of a Walton hero who sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers.
Carole McEntee-Taylor, of Thurstable Close, Tollesbury, has completed her latest book, titled Herbert Columbine VC.
It tells the tale of Walton soldier Private Herbert Columbine, who died aged 24 in the First World War.
He manned a gun turret while surrounding by enemy troops, keeping them at bay while his fellow soldiers escaped.
Eventually killed by a German bomb, he was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross medal for his bravery.
Author Carole decided that his story deserved to be told and started writing the book last year.
It has now been completed and published by Pen and Sword Books.
Carole said: “I don’t want him to just be a name on a street sign or a memorial. He was a genuine hero and I would love for people to read the book and remember him that way.”
Herbert Columbine’s story was brought into the public eye in 2011 by Walton fundraiser Mike Turner.
He has been raising money since then for a life-size statue commemorating the soldier.
The fundraisers have almost reached their £50,000 target, and Carole McEntee-Taylor has pledged all of her royalties towards the statue fund to help them reach their goal.