Chris Holland is a former Head of History at King Henry VIII School in Coventry. After taking early retirement from teaching, he resumed his long-standing interest in the Great War. He is currently Chairman of the Heart of England Branch of the Western Front Association. Rob Phillips is a former pupil of King Henry VIII School who, at the age of 14, began researching the part played by the School in the Great War. He has returned to work at the School as Librarian and Archivist. He too is a member of the Western Front Association and on the committee of the Heart of England Branch.
It was while co-operating on "Doing Its Part Nobly: King Henry VIII School and the Great War" (2005), that Chris and Rob became aware of the letters written by Roland Mountfort, who had attended the School in the early years of the twentieth century. Mounfort subsequently worked in London for the Prudential Insurance Company, before enlisting in the Army in August 1914. He served in the ranks with the Royal Fusiliers (10th and 25th Battalions) from 1914 to 1918, being commissioned shortly before his discharge from the Army in 1919.
Malcolm Brown, who has written the Preface to the Letters, is a well-known historian of the Great War and has worked extensively on the archives held by the Imperial War Museum. His many books include "Tommy Goes To War", "The Imperial War Museum Book of the Somme" and "The Imperial War Museum Book of the Western Front".
The surviving war letters written by Roland Mountfort are now held by the Imperial War Museum.