Jonathan Hicks was born in Barry, South Wales in 1957. As a military historian, his work has been published in magazines like The Great War, Britain at War, Stand To and Soldiers of the Queen; he gives twice-monthly lectures on the subject across South Wales. His other books include Barry and the Great War (2007) and Strange Hells, the latter inspired by his great-uncle’s service at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Jonathan is a member of the Crime Writers Association; The Dead of Mametz, a crime novel set among the Welsh Division at the Battle of Mametz Wood in World War I, was published by Y Lolfa in 2011. He is a headteacher in Penarth, and lives in Barry.