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David O’Mara’s interest spans back further than he can remember, it is quite possible that his (almost) life-long study of subjects around the First World War stems from his receipt of one of the first editions of Rose Coomb’s ‘Before Endeavours Fade’ for a birthday present prior to a family holiday to the Ypres Salient in the late 1970s. This first trip to a Western Front battlefield only encouraged a vivacious hunger for more and hundreds of trips – with his parents at first, and then alone or with friends before travelling with his own family – ensued over the following decades. Over the years, David has visited the whole length of the Western Front several times over and will, hopefully, continue to do so for many years to come.

Though interested in most aspects of the war, reading Blaise Cendrar’s ‘The Severed Hand’ at a young age encouraged an interest in the French side and David has specialised in this study for many years, with the main focus of his battlefield visits for the past couple of decades being to the French sectors.

David originally joined Western Front Association in 1983 and became the founding member and first chairman of the East Lancashire Branch in 2008. Since 2010, he has been the official research partner for the W.F.A’s ‘Remembered: On this Day’ project.

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