Southampton author to share inspiring wartime story

A true story about a remarkable wartime escape, written from old letters by a Second World War soldier, will be showcased at a charity evening next month.

First-time author Steve Foster, 70, discovered the letters from his late father, Fred, in an old suitcase back in 2010.

They detailed how Fred had forged an unlikely friendship with another soldier to plot their escape from a Polish Prisoner of War Camp.

The book, which has sold more than 34,000 copies, reveals how the pair took a dangerous journey across Nazi Germany in a bid to gain freedom.

Steve will give an illustrated presentation of the book in aid of Southampton’s Countess Mountbatten Hospice on Monday 11 November.

“It’s a truly amazing and inspiring story involving my dad and one I feel privileged to share,” said Steve, a volunteer driver at the hospice.

“Dad never talked about the war and I had no idea he was such a great soldier until I read his letters.

“The journey this book has taken me on has been amazing and I’m really pleased to be sharing it in aid of a great cause.”

The presentation will take place in the hospice’s Hazel Centre at 6.30pm on 11 November.

It will include anecdotes from Steve about his attempts to find the grave of the other soldier over a five-year period.

Signed copies of Steve’s book will be available to buy on the night.

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked in advance viawww.cmhcharity.org.uk/soldier or by telephone 02380 475313.

Refreshments will be included.

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