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Contributors' Biographies The First World War: join the Western Front Association, the premier organisation for study, learning and research into all aspects of The Great War 1914-18, and to understanding more about the phenomenon which shaped the 20th century http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies.html Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:37:07 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Christopher Nash http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/3099-christopher-nash.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/3099-christopher-nash.html Christopher is interested in history and WW1 literature, pre- and post-Great War social changes. He is a Member of WFA and contributor to WFA Thames Valley Branch magazine 'Poppy' for many years. Visitor to battlefield sites.

Christopher has a son and daughter plus grandchildren living in Singapore, so he has also studied the impact of WW2 and as a result subsequently investigated the relatively unknown inter-connections of the so-called 'Singapore Mutiny'.

Christopher has had articles printed in 'Stand To'.

He live near Henley-on-Thames.

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Paul Foster http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1958-paul-foster.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1958-paul-foster.html I first joined the WFA in early 1981 and was soon appointed to organise the WFA Tours.

John Giles and I hit it off immediately. It did not take long before I became the Hon Secretary taking over the duties from John's wife, Margery.

A life-long friendship developed and, after John's death, Margery moved from their family home to be close to where both my mother and had our homes.

I was responsible for introducingTerry Cave to the WFA, with his friend Dick Burge (who sadly died some years ago).

Amongst many different aspects of the work I did for the WFA, I set up and developed the regional organisations, found the original Vice Presidents (all of whom I knew personally), established the commodities and started The Bulletin - to list just a few.

I am proud of what I was able to achieve and to point the WFA in the right direction.

I look now on how well the WFA has developed and improved.

Paul Foster

webmanager@westernfrontassociation.com (Web Editor) Contributors' Biographies Sun, 24 Jul 2011 13:02:45 +0000
Jerry Murland http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1665-jerry-murland.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1665-jerry-murland.html After leaving school Jerry Murland served with the Parachute Regiment where he saw active service in the Middle East. After leaving the Army in 1969 he worked briefly at the National Mountaineering Centre at Plas-y-Brenin in North Wales as an instructor before finally settling down to a more academic lifestyle at Bangor where he qualified as a teacher. In 2001 he retired from a successful teaching career during which time he was appointed to the headship of two schools in Coventry. He now researches and writes about the Great War.]]> webmanager@westernfrontassociation.com (Web Editor) Contributors' Biographies Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:21:21 +0000 Andy Lonergan http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1686-andy-lonergan.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1686-andy-lonergan.html Andy Lonergan is a member of the Northamptonshire branch of the Western Front Association and a friend of the Centre for First World War studies at Birmingham University.

He is also a member of the Salonika Campaign Society.

Originally gaining an interest of the Great War in his teens via the comic strip ‘Charlie's War'! further reading has altered his view of the Great War from this simplistic ‘Lions led by Donkey's' concept. Andy came to the subject in more depth in 2003 when his interest was sparked in Lt-General Snow and Major-General Forestier-Walker.

He has also been compiling information about 21st Division since 2005 and has a website dedicated to this research at www.21stdivision1914-18.org.

Andy often speaks on these three subjects at WFA branches.

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Jim Grundy http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1204-jim-grundy.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1204-jim-grundy.html Jim was born in 1969 and has lived in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, all his life.

His interest in the Great War is long-standing, attributed to the stories told him about his family's participation in the conflict.

He joined the WFA in 1989, the year after he became a Civil Servant, and began researching the lives of those from Hucknall during the First World War around that time, giving his first talk on the subject to the East Midlands' branch in 1992. Since then, he has managed to avoid writing his book, "Small Town, Great War", which will one day serve as a tribute to the more than 1,700 men who served, over 400 of whom lost their lives.

webmanager@westernfrontassociation.com (Web Editor) Contributors' Biographies Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000
Sue Light http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1141-sue-light.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1141-sue-light.html Sue Light is a trained nurse and midwife who has worked as a Nursing Sister in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps both in England and abroad.  Originally involved with an in-depth study of local war memorials in her home area, an interest in both the history of nursing and the Great War led on to some specialised research into the military nursing services of the early 20th century, focusing mainly on the Western Front during wartime.  She lives in West Sussex where she works as a clinical information assistant for a GP group practice.



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David O'Mara http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1032-david-omara.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1032-david-omara.html Born in East Lancashire in 1971, David comes from a lineage that has seen military service in most conflicts from the Crimea to (the wrong side of!) a "certain war in central Europe". His interest in the Great War , but especially in the Western Front, began at a very early age and it, therefore, has become a lifelong study for him.

In 2007, he finally achieved part of an ambition and became self-employed as a full-time professional military researcher (he had conducted research on a part-time basis whilst employed in several jobs that he hated for a number of years prior to this), forming his own company - Croonaert Research Services - which conducts research on a wide (unlimited?) range of military subjects between the years of 1853 and 1945 (but especially for 1914-18) for a range of clients from private individuals, through museums and authors, to larger corporations and the media.

He is the author of Identifying the Dead ...a privately published book on the history of Identification Tags between 1869 and 1945, and he is three years into writing a book on the battles around Ypres at the end of May 1940 which is scheduled for publication in May 2010 - with further projects (including an "alternative battlefield guide") in the pipeline.

Originally a member of the WFA since 1982 (though, unfortunately, not with an "unbroken run"!), David became the founder member and first chairman of the East Lancs Branch of the WFA in 2008.

David is the WFA Website's partner researcher for our "Remembering Today" feature which he kindly provides through his research business, Croonaert Research Services.


webmanager@westernfrontassociation.com (Web Editor) Contributors' Biographies Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:53:50 +0000
Harry Fecitt MBE TD http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1042-harry-fecitt-mbe-td.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1042-harry-fecitt-mbe-td.html Harry joined the British Army in 1960, serving in the infantry. His first visit to Africa was as a paratrooper on exercise in King Idris' Libya in 1964. The following year he served on contract with the newly-formed Zambia Army.

In the early 1970s he was on contract with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in Dhofar and later with the Dubai Defence Force.

Between contracts he served in the Territorial Army, mobilizing for 18 months to Belize in the 1980s, and after transferring to Intelligence in 1992 he mobilized again for four years for duties in the UK and the Balkans.

After parting with the military in 2002 he worked as a security contractor in North, East and West Africa and Iraq.

Harry is now retired on the Portuguese island of Madeira, and enjoys researching and writing about colonial campaigns, particularly those that occurred on the African continent.

webmanager@westernfrontassociation.com (Web Editor) Contributors' Biographies Mon, 02 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000
Kevin Galloway http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1056-kevin-galloway.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1056-kevin-galloway.html Kevin was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, in 1958, and for over thirty years worked in the steel and heavy industries. Now working in Packaging and Logistics (Chemical) as a Production/Process/Warehouse and Maintenance Manager since being made redundant in August 2009.

Kevin's main area of interest is the West Yorkshire Regiment - in particular the 15/17th West Yorkshire Regiment, and the period between December 1917 till March 1919. His interest in the Great War stems from research into his Grandfather's war service some nine or ten years ago, although he has taken a keen interest in local history for a large number of years. He is currently researching the Thornaby War Memorial, and how the Great War affected the social aspects of everyday life in the Thornaby district.

Kevin has been married for 26 years. He has two daughters and one son. A recent addition to the family mean that Kevin and his wife are now the proud Grandparents of a beautiful baby Granddaughter.

webmanager@westernfrontassociation.com (Web Editor) Contributors' Biographies Mon, 02 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000
Adele L Tempest http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1024-adele-l-tempest.html http://westernfrontassociation.com/contributors-biographies/1024-adele-l-tempest.html Born in 1966, Windsor, England. Spent over 30 years living in Canada where Adele completed a BA in Near Eastern Archaeology (1989).

Prior to re-locating back to the UK in 2001, she served as a front-line police officer in Canada.

Adele completed a MSc in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth University in 2005 and currently lives in London.

Her interest in the Great War began after reading a collection of letters written by four family members while serving in the Great War. She is currently researching their experiences in the Great War and in the case of two of the brothers, in the Boer War as well.


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