Authors and their Work

  William Pead was born during the reign of Queen Victoria and died during the reign of Elizabeth II, so the time he spent writing his war diaries is but a tiny fraction of his long and dutiful life.
  He was born in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, had a brewer for a father and for a godfather, so it is unsurprising that the major part of his working life - he retired at the age of 70 - was spent in the brewing industry, most of it at the Lichfield Brewery Co.
  Lichfield in the First World War is a transcription of his war diaries with illustrations from contemporary numbers of The Lichfield Mercury

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William Pead was very proud to be in charge of the Lichfield Volunteer Company - the First World War's equivalent of 'Dad's Army'.
  One detects a certain amount of regret in the diaries that, unlike Burton-on-Trent, Lichfield was not subject to German bombing raids.

Lichfield in the First World War