A little bit about me!
My name is David O’Mara and I hail from Lancashire, England. Born into a family with a very long military heritage (including ten direct ancestors who served in the Great War - two of whom didn't survive), I have had an interest in military history - an interest that is especially strong for the 1870-1918 period - for longer than I can remember. I originally joined the Western Front Association back in 1983 and, though my membership has been far from continuous, have been a member - on and off – since then. In 2008, I became the founder and original chairman of the East Lancashire Branch of the Western Front Association and was, in 2010, appointed as the official research partner for the Western Front Association’s online ‘Remembered-On This Day’ project supplying the details and biography (usually accompanied by a photograph) of a serviceman/woman who died during the First World War on the actual anniversary of their death (in total, I have researched in detail something like 2,500 Great War casualties from all nations for this project alone until I had to temporarily cease due to time constraints).
Outside of the WFA, I run a Military and Genealogical research service (specialising in Great War subjects) - 'Croonaert Research Services' - and have been commissioned by authors, students, educational facilities, various civilian and military organisations and the general public for several hundred projects since beginning this in 2007.
Greatly interested in 19th and 20th Century military history, especially the period of the First World War and the Franco-German War of 1870/71, I am a keen student of battles and battlefields and have been visiting the battlefields of the First World War’s Western Front since the late 1970’s being lucky enough to have visited most locations along the whole length (a particular fascination of mine are the French-held sectors of the Western Front, and I have spent the past 15 or so years studying these areas almost exclusively). I have also visited, and studied, the majority of battle sites from the Franco-German War. Away from the actual battlefields, my specialised subject of personal interest and research involves the French Army as a whole between the years of 1870 and 1940, but especially so for the periods between 1870-71 and 1900 – 1918 and have been commissioned by ‘Pen and Sword’ Military publishers to write a number of books linked to this subject area (beginning with five books on the French Army on the Somme for their ‘Battleground Europe’ series (the first of which... ‘Somme 1916 – Touring the French Sector’ ... was published on 22 January 2018, and the second ... ‘The French on the Somme – From Serre to the River Somme, August 1914 – June 1916’ ... is scheduled for publication in the summer/autumn of 2018).
Away from the military aspects, I am an avid supporter, season ticket holder and co-owner of the 'Red Rebels' - FC United of Manchester - who currently play in the National League North (step 2 of the English non-league pyramid).
Thanks for visiting!
The end of yet another trip after (stupidly) sprinting up the Hartmannswillerkopf in 34 °C!