‘Journey’s End’ is a well-known play about the Great War. The author, R C Sherriff, saw all his front line service with 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. The podcast explores in particular Sherriff’s experiences with the battalion and his reactions to them and the situations and characters he had in mind in writing his play.
Michael Lucas read History at the University of Sussex, then worked in hospital management up to retirement in 2008. He has researched 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment for over eight years, his interest first aroused by discovering a great-uncle had served three years with them on the Western Front. Michael has had a number of articles published, including in the Western Front Association’s Stand To. His book The ‘Journey’s End’ Battalion -The 9th East Surrey in the Great War followed in 2012.
Andrew Lucas read English at Keble College Oxford. He works as a programmer in the field of natural language processing and lives in Surrey. In 2006 he began investigating his German great-grandfather’s First World War service with 4 Kgl. Sächs Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 48, and has been researching the Royal Saxon Army from German sources ever since, in collaboration with a friend in Dresden. Andrew provided background research on the 9th East Surreys’ many German opponents for his father’s book, and has recently had the first of a projected series of three articles published in Stand To. He is an active member of the 1914-21 Society, the only ‘living history’ group in the UK devoted to the First World War on the Eastern Front.