Laurie Lee (1914-1997)

Death: 13th May 1997
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, Slad, Gloustershire, England
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English poet and novelist who is best remembered for his autobiographical trilogy consisting of Cider With Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War.
He left school at the age of fifteen to become an errand boy and then worked as an office clerk and a builder’s labourer before spending four years traveling around Europe. On his return to England he began studying for an art degree but cut short his studies when in 1937 he returned to Spain as an International Brigade volunteer. He served in the Spanish Civil War for only a short time, due to his epilepsy, but he recounted his experiences in As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War.
During the Second World War he worked as a scriptwriter on documentary films produced by the Ministry of Information. In the 1960s Lee returned with his wife to live in his childhood home in Slad where he remained until his death.