Actor and musician Richard Clements has produced a powerful and harrowing online tribute in words and music to his late World War hero grandfather.
He has recruited Game of Thrones and Derry Girls star Ian McElhinney to help him tell the emotional story of Norman Clements who miraculously survived mortar and sniper attacks in the Second World War but was injured in a minefield where his five colleagues were killed.
Richard, who acted as a detective alongside Gillian Anderson in The Fall TV series, says his grandfather - who died in 2011 at the age of 90 - was never the same after the war, suffering from survivor guilt and haunted by his nightmares.
Norman, who was born in 1921, in Banbridge, lied about his age to join the Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Battalion "for a bit of adventure" but what he found in North Africa, Sicily and Italy was "hell on earth", according to his grandson.
Richard's mother Doreen had persuaded Norman to let her notate his war-time recollections, giving her son the perfect basis for his 30-minute SoundCloud audio which he has called How to Bury a Dead Mule.
The title came from an incident in Italy where a colleague was ordered to dig a hole and bury a dead mule but set it alight instead, giving the Germans the perfect illumination to aim their mortar shells, killing the soldier and four of his comrades.
However, Norman survived just as he had done at the Battle of Long Stop Hill in April 1943 when 77 of his colleagues were killed.
In the audio Richard speaks of another narrow escape when two soldiers standing beside his grandfather were killed by a sniper and shortly afterwards a shot from a Spandau machine-gun which could fire 1,200 rounds a minute whizzed past his nose.
Norman contracted malaria soon afterwards and was sent to recuperate in Naples where his highlight was a meeting with English singer Gracie Fields at a concert for the troops.
During his confinement another 121 of Norman's comrades died at the hands of the Germans and Richard says his grandfather felt he should have been with them if it hadn't been for his illness.
But once he was back on the frontline in a minefield he was blinded for a time and sustained shrapnel injuries after five of his colleagues were killed.
Richard reveals the shrapnel was still embedded in his grandfather's head and leg all his days but the mental scars also stayed with him.
He tells how Norman returned to a Northern Ireland poorly equipped to deal with what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder.
He says a 10-day break back home after the war ended had shown Norman's family just how challenging he'd become and the difficulties that might surface in the future when his military service was finally finished seven years later.
And Richard's audio tells how after he returned to York Street train station after his service was completed, there was no one to meet him.
"It must have been awful for him, coming back with a lump sum from the government of £64 in his pocket and the realisation that he had almost given his life for his country.
"I've no idea how he survived after the war or during it. He was in and out of mental institutions. And he couldn't hold down a job because of his condition. He was born in the wrong time.
"He suffered a lot but so too did the people around him like my grandmother Doreen who stuck with him before she got Alzheimer's and he looked after her."
Richard, who recently starred in the award-winning Covid-19 movie Shielding Nico with his wife and son, grew up with a vague awareness of the Battle of Long Stop Hill and of the minefield at Monte Cavallo.
He adds: "All of us in the family knew that we wouldn't have existed if my grandfather hadn't crawled away from that mountain.
"But it was only when I read what my mum had typed up about him I realised there was a strong story in it.
"During lockdown I got to give him the voice that he never had and let people know the brutality of what he went through. I also started writing music to accompany the words as a sort of elegy to my grandfather, a love story to him if you like.
"Ian McElhinney kindly agreed to voice up the sections of the audio that I had put in my grandfather's mouth as I imagined him showing other residents in his care home at the old Tonic cinema in Bangor his life on screen with all the ghosts of the men who were lost coming to life.
"I sent the recordings off to England where the sound effects of the likes of guns and bombs were all mixed together to give it a fully immersive audio experience to place the listener on the battlefield with my grandfather."
Richard hopes his grandfather would have been proud of the audio and he's given him joint writing credits.
He explains: "Despite all his problems I had a good relationship with him. I used to love hanging out with him and walking with him in Belfast. He was a warm-hearted and generous man. There was never a dull moment around him."
Once the pandemic is over Richard hopes to bring his grandfather's story to schools and to care homes before possibly expanding the project to a full-blown play as part of his efforts to highlight the lack of care for PTSD sufferers.
For more information go to the website, www.howtoburyadeadmule.com