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New Visitor Panel Tells The Story Of Wareham Children's Writer

Percy Westerman

8:33am 24th July 2014

A new visitor panel has been officially unveiled along the river path in Wareham in memory of a famous children's author.

Percy F Westerman, lived on the banks of the River Frome at Redcliffe.

He wrote 170 books and 200 short stories during his 50 year writing career.

Between 1914 and 1920 eighteen of his 'Ripping Yarns' adventures were about the Great War, written as the war progressed, specifically for young juvenile readers .

In The Dispatch Riders, the first of his books published after the start of the war, the two young heroes, on hearing the war has started, offer their services to the Belgium army because they are too young to enlist in the British services.

Other patriotic Great War titles included To the Fore with the Tanks, With Beatty off Jutland and Under the White Ensign.

The panel is the result of a collaboration between the Wareham and District Development Trust and The Westerman Yarns organisation who research and promote the work of the author.

Funding for the panel is thanks to sponsorship from Arne Parish Council, Purbeck Mobility, Redclyffe Yacht Club, Viridor Credits and Wareham Town Council. With additional support from Nigel Barnes (Redcliffe Farm), Dorset County Council Rights of Way and the Environment Agency.

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