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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMITTEE
 
In their own words...
 

Phil Carne
Phil Carne hails from the Welsh borders. After reading Modern Languages at Cambridge, he followed an international business career with American corporations, spending over 30 years in Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Australia, USA and Belgium. He returned to the UK 5 years ago, and is now retired. He has been married to Chris, a former schoolteacher, for 43 years, and they have 2 sons and 2 granddaughters. They live mainly in London, but also have a country apartment near Bath. Phil was introduced to the poetry of Sassoon and other First World War poets by his English teacher in grammar school. That war, and its literature, have been an abiding interest throughout his life, and since returning to the UK he has also joined the Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas societies. Phil's main interests are music, theatre, history, and (like Sassoon and Dennis Silk !) cricket.

Cynthia Greenwood
"I was born in Keighley in West Yorkshire but apart from three years at university in Wales (St David's College, Lampeter a long time ago!), I've lived all the time near Manchester. I work as a librarian in a team at Hopwood Hall College, a further education college. My chief interests are art , theatre, literature and creative writing. I've taken part in two presentations on Wilfred Owen in Shrewsbury and Manchester. Curiously, I was never particularly interested in the war poets at college. In the 1980s I was in a book shop in Manchester and saw Sassoon's Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man/Infantry Officer on the shelf . I felt drawn to it like a magnet to it and ended up reading much of what he wrote. It led me on to Wilfred Owen and an interest in World War One and its literature. Odd, isn't it?"

Graham Lampard
Graham Lampard is a journalist who works for a couple of trade magazines covering the pharmaceutical and leather industries! "My interest in Siegfried Sassoon began with a visit to the First World War battlefields where, as a teenager, being the same age as John MacCrae, I was asked to read his poem 'In Flanders Fields' on our tour. I was then given Sassoon's book Memoirs of an Infantry Officer as a birthday present, which began my interest in him. I've read war poetry ever since, but only revisited Sassoon after reading Pat Barker's trilogy, and completing my A' level English Literature where he was required reading for an element of the course."

Alan Lawson
"I retired from the Fire Service after over thirty years service, and am currently studying for an MA in Literature with the Open University. On reading Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and thinking my grandfather might have experienced some of that, I read around WW1, which led me onto SS. It also set me off on family history research, to which I freely admit to being obsessed. My grandfather's past is a bit of a mystery, but I am unravelling it slowly. I am not so interested in WW1 poetry, as I am in the men, women and their times."

Peter Rogers

"After spending my formative years avoiding anything academic I joined the RAF, after a short period proving that I would not become an accountant.  After many happy years, and a few not so happy, I left the RAF to pursue a career in transport management, which I did for several years until ill health forced a change of career. I now spend  my time advising people on the Disability Discrimination Act.  My interest in Siegfried Sassoon started because of an interest I had in T E Lawrence. When I came across Siegfried I soon became fascinated with him as a person, as well as a poet and prose writer, and he continues to fascinate me. "

 

OFFICERS
 
Meg Crane, President
Meg is a teacher at a girls' school and lives at Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
 
 
Dennis Silk, Vice President
Dennis is a former professional cricketer and schoolmaster, one-time head of Radley school and a former MCC captain. He met Siegfried Sassoon during the 1950s, and they remained close friends until Sassoon's death.
 
Deb Fisher, Secretary
Deb has had a variety of careers, including librarian, computer programmer, and, latterly, factory worker. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, and her latest book, Princesses of Wales, has just been published by the University of Wales Press. She originally became interested in Sassoon as a result of reading Robert Graves' Goodbye to All That and went on to help Michèle Fry to found the SSF in 2001.
 
 
Sam Gray, Treasurer
To follow.