David James Parker has been interested in history, military in particular, from an early age. He became involved in this this story some forty years ago when he was given a Royal Air Force jacket that belonged to Harry Warman. He had learnt a few facts about Harry from his father who had been at school when Harry was killed. David started collecting items of militaria at ten years old when he found some medals in a bin. He has been giving talks about the First and Second World Wars for a number of years, using his extensive collections to illustrate these.
David served in the Royal Observer Corps for twelve years before joining the Army Cadet Force as an instructor. He has had a few magazine articles published but this is his first venture into writing a book. He is a local chimney sweep, well known in his area. This leads him to meet a vast number of interesting people who are pleased to share their stories with him. He also gets to see many historic cottages and larger houses.