Born in London in 1953, Nigel McCrery travelled extensively during his childhood as his father was a Sergeant in the RAF.
They eventually settled in Toton, Nottingham and in 1978 Nigel joined the Nottinghamshire Constabulary, but had to retire in 1987 after an injury.
He then became a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, reading History. Armed with his degree, he was accepted onto the BBC graduate entry course.
In 1992 Nigel moved to the BBC drama department and since then has written or been responsible for a number of highly successful BBC series and films including ‘Silent Witness’, ‘New Tricks’ and ‘All the King’s Men’. He lives in Nottingham.
Many thousands of men died during the Great War. They came from every place and class.
The very cream of the Nation joined up thinking it a great adventure but, all too often, never returned.
Nigel’s book is dedicated to the memory of an elite few of such men – the Rugby Internationals who fell in The Great War. Among the hundreds of thousands who served and died for their country were one hundred and thirty Rugby Internationals.
To place the loss of these men in perspective, it is important to appreciate that Rugby Union was, arguably, bigger in its day than soccer is today. It attracted men from every walk of life. Many became national icons just as David Beckham and Wayne Rooney are now.
These were men whose names were common currency in almost every household in Britain; men who were widely admired and emulated. Yet their physical strength, fitness, prowess and courage made these heroes no less vulnerable to enemy bullets, shells and mines than their less celebrated comrades-in-arms.
One hundred years on, Nigel decided that any player who perished, whether he had won a single cap for his country or a hundred, would be included within this book.
Into Touch encapsulated the magnitude of a generation’s sacrifice. Thanks to the Author’s research into these players’ service for their country, both on the playing field and battlefield, it will fascinate all with an interest in The Great War and, most particularly, those with a love for The Glorious Game and its history.