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The Pride of Pirton - Readers Comments

RH Peter Lilley MP: "It is a wonderful and moving tribute to the men of Pirton who fought in the Great War, all too many of whom never returned.  One gains a real sense of how profoundly a tight knit village like Pirton was affected by this unprecedented conflict.  I congratulate all three of you for producing a work which will ensure their sacrifice will live on for future generations.  Thank you for this labour of love."

Adjutant Brigadier David Radcliffe - Royal Hospital Chelsea: "It looks an excellent book . . . . It is very important that these men are remembered."

Art Walker - Canada.  Son of Arthur Walker (Pirton WW1 survivor):

Hi Jonty:

A great big thanks from the Walkers in Canada for the marvellous job you three gents did on your book "The Pride of Pirton".  . . . . I have only had time for a cursory examination but I like what I see. Obviously you three put your heart and soul into the book - and it shows!!

I was particularly impressed that you took the trouble to go to France and seek out the cemeteries and graves of the "Pirton Lads". A very nice gesture.

I went to France last year (June 2010) and retraced my father's steps. He fought in the battle for Vimy Ridge with the Fourth Canadian Battalion, and I got to walk up the hill where he fought, albeit 93 years later.

Congratulations again !

Keith Brown: ". . . . .  I have started reading and I am currently going through the biographies of those that were lost, which is very moving and a testimony to your diligence that you have filled them with such a personal feeling of the individuals themselves. . . . . . . I think the book is a really tremendous achievement and really should find a wider audience than the local area."

David Hodges - Curator, Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery: "Thank-you for the copy of "Pride of Pirton". We are all extremely impressed with it, both content and production wise. I certainly shall try and get time to have a more in depth. look at it."

Mark Payne: " . . . . . expertly researched and beautifully crafted"

Carol Ansley (New Zealand): "It is a lovely book. One which I will treasure. It has brought tears to my eyes. I didn't expect it to move me so much."

Anne Franklin: "I think a very big thank you is due to all who took part in this mammoth task with the excellent result. . . . . . my congratulations to you all on producing such a beautiful book."

Ken Neville (of The Rifles Living History Group): "A splendid way to launch your brilliant book. I have yet to read it fully, but a brief perusal has show me the pleasure and interest to come given my deep interest in the period, having a grandfather and three uncles, one who was killed at Ypres, in that conflict"

Patti Salter: " . . . . congratulations on a job very well done, it looks beautiful"

Stewart Faulkner: "I received my copy today with the pin that I will wear as poppies can't be obtained in France.. The you very much and congratulations. I have started reading it - very moving."

The Book Printing Team: " . . . we all read parts of the book as we were printing it and thought how well it had been put together – very sad in places and quite thought provoking – got us chatting about what these men went through and their families back home – the amount of research the team got through must be staggering.  Fantastic achievement guys!"

Adrian Pitts: "Bought my copy of the book 10 days ago from the Pirton shop. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting but the end result surpasses anything I might have thought about. It really is an incredible piece of work by you all. "

Simon Goodwin: "Let me begin by congratulating yourself, and the rest of the Book Team, for having completed this gargantuan, and very worthwhile, exercise.

As another member of the Western Front Association, currently engaged in researching the lives of those men from my own village (Flamstead, Herts) who died in the two World Wars, I gain a better understanding, each day, of the amount of work involved in any such endeavour!"





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