Monday, 25 November 2013

Swansea airmen in the Great War

Just writing a short chapter on the above. Several Swansea men downed (and killed) by enemy action or air accident including one man - who had been at the front for exactly one week - who had the misfortune to run into 'The Red Baron', Germany's famous fighter ace who had already claimed over 40 'kills'. There could, sadly, be only be one outcome from that encounter...

Monday, 18 November 2013

Publication date agreed!

I am now up to about 60,000 words written on 'Swansea in the Great War' and still a little way to go. Loads of illustrations, too.

The publisher plans to publish the finished work on 1 October 2014.

So back to the writing - I have to complete the draft by early January 2014...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Swansea's foreign legion...

...not exactly. But a surprising number of lads who used to live in Swansea came back to fight for the 'old country'. They came from overseas with Canadian, Australian, South African, Canadian and American units. Not spotted any New Zealanders as yet. A number paid the ultimate price for their patriotism...

A number of them will have their stories told in 'Swansea in the Great War'.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Belgian refugees in Swansea, 1914

Writing about the above at present. Great welcome by the people of Swansea for over 700 Belgian refugees who arrived at Swansea having fled their native country due to the German invasion.