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.

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