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Walter Edward Hill was born in 1922 in Gillingham, Kent, a mischievous young man who longed for adventure and the freedom of possibility. At seventeen and still eager to see the world, he lied about his age and joined the British Army.
Wally's first skirmish in Europe began in France where he was captured by the Nazis. What followed were years of torture, imprisonment, and thirteen daring escape attempts.
After Wally's long journey home, he went on to give twenty-seven years of military service: seven years in the British Army, then twenty years in the New Zealand Army. He married more than once and lost two wives to illness and death during his lifetime. But his heartache was lifted one day, when decades after losing his first love (while he was a POW), he found her again.
Throughout his life, Wally valued his freedom, independence, and ability to define his own life through his choices. Though he survived work camps, Gestapo interrogation, prison, personal heartbreak, multiple heart surgeries, a tumor, and the loss of many loved ones during his long life, he always saw a reason for hope.
Wally recently passed away--completing his work on this earth at age ninety-three on November 14, 2015--but finishing this book was his last great journey. He asked that it be titled after his favorite song and the message that grounded his life. Wally's story exemplifies the grit and determination of his generation and illuminates a spirit that refused to be restrained and imprisoned.