Private Frank Richards left school at 14 at the turn of the nineteenth century, working in the tinplate industry and in the mines he joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers at 17 serving in India, Burma and finally right through the First World War. From this experience he wrote two remarkable books, Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which are among the best about the British Army and the day to day experience of the common soldier, often over-looked by military historians and the memoirs of officers. Writer and historian Professor Peter Stead introduces the work of Richards and explains why Robert Graves admired him and thought Richards one of the best men he ever met in the trenches.
Since 2001 Peter has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan. In 2000 he chaired the jury at the Celtic Film Festival and has twice been a judge of both the BBC Wales Artist of the Year and the Welsh Arts Council Book of the Year.