- Bulletin Editor
My interest in war started as a young lad in the fifties with the emergence of comic book adventures, b/w war films, an introduction to Biggles' books and thereon all things military and daring do.
In the late seventies a family friend told me the story of his father, 1st Essex Bn, who had died in Flanders in January 1918 and advised me to read Lynn Macdonald's book 'Passchendaele'. I well remember how the veteran's stories gripped my imagination and there was a need to find out more.
The same friend arranged a trip to Belgium in 1984 to visit Tyne Cot where his father was remembered on the back wall. This cemetery visit made a lasting impression.
In 2004 I was introduced to the WFA Lancashire & Cheshire Branch. My first speaker experience happened to be Peter Simkins and with that I promptly joined the Association.
With the retirement of Stan Grosvenor in 2005 I was approached by the WFA Executive Committee to provide a proposal to take over the Bulletin to 'manage and develop' the overall process of supplying members with regular high-quality publications. I was appointed and additionally agreed to act as editor.
My first edition (75) was in June 2006. I am currently preparing the '100th' edition, my 26th, for publication later this year (2014).
In 1988, after twenty-four years at various Advertising/Marketing/publishing companies, I set up my own contract publishing company, APP Publishing Consultants Ltd., to develop and supply a demand for self-funding publications and print management services in the Association/Institution and Local Authority sector. The company is in its 27th year of trading.