David Twiston-Davies is the Chief Obituary Writer of The Daily Telegraph, for which he has worked for almost 40 years. There is no one more suited to have written 'The Daily Telegraph Book of Imperial and Commonwealth Obituaries'.
Born in Montreal, he was educated at Downside before taking jobs with the East Anglian Daily Times and the Winnipeg Free Press. Among tasks at the Telegraph, he has edited the Peterborough diary and the letters column when he lived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, home of the legendary letter-writer "Disgusted".
As deputy to the late Hugh Massingberd, when the paper did much to make obituaries an important feature throughout the Commonwealth he helped to establish the obituaries column with a set place in the paper every day, concentrating his efforts on the Empire and the two world wars.