R G Gladding is an ex-serviceman and has served in both the Navy and Army. He comes from Mona Vale, north of Sydney, and met his English wife while serving in the Navy. He has two degrees in history and has been studying the history of the British and Australian Armed Forces for many years. Before retiring, he was the technical and safety training manager of the Australian Railroad Group. During the latter part of his working career, he held the Chair of the West Australian Air, Maritime, Road and Rail Transport Industry Training Council. He now lives in Chester with his wife, Maureen.