Burnley war veteran Bert dies in Spain

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A Burnley war veteran, Bert Hearsum, has died in Spain at the age of 91.

Mr Hearsum, who fought in the Second World War, was born and lived in Leyland Road, Burnley, before marrying in 1948 and moving to Laneshawbridge.

He later moved to Brierfield before retiring to Cardiff. In 2002 he moved to Spain and settled in Vidreres on the Costa Brava.

During the Second World War he served with the Royal Artillery in Burma where he saw action at the decisive battle of Imphal.

After the war he resumed work at Meek’s butchers in Scotland Road, Nelson and then at Sagar’s Tannery in Cottontree and Plumbe Street Tannery in Burnley until retirement.

Although he left Burnley a number of years ago he maintained a strong identification with the town and in particular with the Clarets whom he had first seen as a boy in the early 1930s. Their recent rise to the Premier League was viewed with great satisfaction from Spain.

He leaves his wife of 66 years Stella, who is 95 , his daughter Margaret and stepson Michael. He also had a stepdaughter Anne Broekman (nee Penny) who pre-deceased him. His funeral has taken place in Girona, Spain.