"Letters from the Trenches" is the first major product of Bill Lamin's fourth career.
After a sort of education at Nottingham High School (Still not a fan of the place), Bill attended the Army's sixth form, Welbeck College and completed 22 months of a 2 year course at the Royal Military Acadamy Sandhurst. In the mid-sixties, the futility of the Vietnam war, the attractions of the summer of love, combined to make a military career a less than attractive option. With hindsight, experiences with the army may well have helped empathise with Harry and his Great War adventures.
Career two commenced with a University course at Imperial College, London. Then, as now, a top U.K engineering establishment. Leaving with a respectable honours degree, Bill became a structural dynamacist and worked for 10 years on various aerospace projects, based in Portsmouth and later in Cornwall.
When the Cornwall contract finished, Bill left engineering and trained to be a school teacher (Career number three) teaching mathematics and Information Technology in a state school in Cornwall. 26 successful and enjoyable years of teaching ended when the blog, wwar1.blogspot.com, made a big impact on the world and career four beckoned.
Bill surfs (badly). Plays the guitar to a small pub gig standard (i.e. badly) and is still, while using a seniors' bus pass, turning out for a Sunday morning soccer team (Plays badly). He still lives in Cornwall, is currently very single and is very, very busy. He is a personal friend of the King of Tonga and, in 2008, was fortunate enough to be invited to attend King George Tupou V's Tongan Coronation.