Allan Marriott 1944-2016

Allan’s family are very sad to be letting you, his readers, know that their much admired and cherished husband, brother, uncle, great uncle, cousin and good friend died in Auckland on Christmas Day 2016 as a result of a brain tumour. He died gently in the arms of Gay, his deeply loved wife and life’s partner of […]

100th Anniversary of Somme, Messines and Passchendaele

[av_dropcap1]T[/av_dropcap1]he 100th anniversary of battles at the Somme, Messines and Passchendaele will be acknowledged during 2016 and 2017. Mud Beneath My Boots covers these events in WWI. Although sold out in print form it will be available as an e-book for your Kindle or Apple device in 2015. If you leave an email address I […]

Meeting the Auckland Polish Association

While attending the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Gay and I travelled to Poland. I had already begun writing an early draft and this visit gave me an excellent opportunity to absorb more of what I eventually brought into this story. This is a New Zealand/Polish story. Members of the […]

When John Masters met Hariparsad Gurung

A Bridge Over: The Story of John Masters by Allan Marriott

The first edition of this book in 2009 sold out in five weeks. The launch led to a group of veterans sourcing funds to track down Hariparsad Gurung, the Nepalese Gurkha soldier rescued by John in 1965 for which John received the Military Cross. The two men reunited in Christchurch in 2010 to overwhelming emotion. […]

Remembering a Trip to Passchendaele

Following the publication of “Mud Beneath…” in 2005, Gay and I were invited to Belgium in 2007 to the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the October events at Passchendaele. I was asked to present copies of the book to the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, and to the Mayor of Zonnebeke at a formal Council function. […]