John Chapman was born in Birmingham in 1935 but moved to the Cotswolds as a result of Hitler’s bombing. After graduating in Mathematics and Aeronautics from Southampton University in 1959 and learning to use a computer, he moved to Belfast for two years and then to Toronto. From here he travelled all over the woorld helping major businesses and institutions save money. He married Ann in 1966 and had three children and now seven grandchildren. He moved back to England and settled in Purley on Thames. Then for thirty seven years he represented his community on the local district council and got very involved with local and military history, being author or co-author of ten books and editor of several journals. His involvement with the church dates from earliest Sunday School days and later being a chorister and altar boy. He wrote the history of his local church spending large amounts of time in record offices and libraries.