About the Author
Niall Cherry was born in London in 1959 and recalls becoming interested in military history as a schoolboy from watching films such as 'The Battle of Britain' and a 'Bridge Too Far'. He later found out that one of his grandfathers had fought in the Great War, serving as a Chemical Corporal at Loos. His father served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the early 1950s. He continued in the family tradition by serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps, qualifying as a Combat Medical Technician Class 1, an instructor in First Aid and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare. He finished his service as a senior NCO. Deeply interested in the Great War, he has visited numerous battlegrounds on both the Western Front and at Gallipoli. He is a long-standing member of the Western Front Association, the Gallipoli Association and the Military Heraldry Society. He also has the honour of being the first non-Arnhem veteran to hold the post of UK representative for the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek, Holland. In 2000, Niall's first book was published, 'Red Berets and Red Crosses: The Story of the Medical Services in the 1st Airborne Division in World War II'. The following year, answering an appeal from the Manchester Regimen Museum, he wrote 'I Shall Not Find His Equal', a biography of Brigadier Noel Lee. In the last few years has also contributed articles to 'Battlefields Review' and 'After the Battle', together with helping with around 20 other books on the Airborne Forces and Gallipoli. Niall currently lives in Lancashire with his wife, two daughters, working for BAE Systems helping build fast military jets.