ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Robert Wynn Jones is a retired professional geologist and palaeontologist, an interested amateur archaeologist and historian, and an occasional walking tour guide.  He is also the author of a number of palaeontological and historical non-fiction books, including “The Lost City Of London”, “The Flower Of All Cities”, and “Soldiers And Sportsmen All – The Great War Story Of The 24th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers” (see separate “Books” page). And he is proud to have been a  contributor – albeit a minor one –  to the Thiepval Database Project, the essential aim of which is to put faces to the names of the “missing” of the Somme. Bob lives in London with his wife Heather, and two ocicats.  He enjoys writing poetry, painting, and spending time with his grown-up sons and daughter-in-law, and his growing-up grand-daughter.

Incidentally, Bob’s distant ancestor John West, born in 1641, lived in London in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.  John West was a Clothworker, and also a Scrivener, and a  Governor – and a benefactor – of Christs’ Hospital.  He was married in the church of St Gregory by St Paul’s in February, 1666, to the widow Frances Mickell, whose first husband, Robert, had died of the Plaque in September, 1665. John and Frances  are recorded as having lived in a house near the Stocks Market, which, like the church in which they were married, would have been burned down in the Great Fire of 1666.  John died in 1723, and Frances in 1725.  It appears that in life John numbered among his acquaintances the famous diarist Samuel Pepys, and that he was one of the witnesses to Pepys’s will, and attended his funeral in 1703.