Tony Ball is a former director of a multinational company and now a military historian specialising in the British Army in the Great War, particularly the conduct of war. He holds a first degree in Economics, a post-graduate diploma in Marketing and masters degrees in Business Administration and History. Tony has previously taught marketing at Northumbria University. Since retiring as a company director, he has managed the Castle Keep on behalf of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, has also worked for Sunderland University Business School and currently works for Newcastle University in a part-time support role. He is a past chair of the Tyneside branch of the Western Front Association, speaks regularly to local historical interest groups and has written several articles mostly for the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research . Tony is a grandson of a Northumberland Fusiliers' veteran of the Great War and the only person known to have read and analysed all 25,876 diary days of the Regiment in that war.