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It was September 1939, war had been declared and conscription was in place. A young man from a Quaker family who had been born and bred in the Yorkshire Dales, roaming the hills in freedom, now had a life-changing decision to make. The decision he made took him through the Battle of Crete, capture, almost four years in POW camps and the Long March across Europe as the war ended. This is Sid's story, told mainly through his letters and other original documents. It's a first-hand account of a contented early life followed by four years of hardship, hunger and, at times, despair. It's also a tale of survival and of the joy of family and friends and the richness of a fulfilling later life.