John Cunningham

BIOGRAPHY
John Cunningham Profile
John Cunningham is a retired journalist and amateur military historian living in Bridgewater, N.S. A 1962 Acadia Science graduate, he began a wide-ranging 37-year media career with the Saint John Telegraph-Journal and The Evening Times-Globe. He was also a news writer at Radio-TV Station, CHSJ, Saint John, the Toronto bureau of The Canadian Press and The Bridgewater Bulletin. During the 1980s, his stories appeared in many regional magazines, including Atlantic Advocate, Halifax Magazine, Atlantic Insight and The Novascotian. He also contributed items to Lookout Magazine, Life and Leisure on the Costa del Sol while living two years in Malaga. Spain. An amateur musician, Cunningham plays drums with the Mahone Bay Legion and Mersey Swing Bands and is a former member of the Bridgewater Fire Department Band. He and his wife Mary have a cottage near Saint Andrews, N.B.

PUBLICATIONS

Cunningham has published two First World War histories, Where Duty Lies, a New Brunswick Soldier in the Trenches of World War 1 , and The Summer the Soldiers Came to Town, Officers and men from across the nation came St. Andrews to train for service in The Great War. His First World War newspaper feature stories have appeared in regional newspapers including The Telegraph-Journal and The Novascotian. He is currently working on Second World War projects centered about the Veterans Guard of Canada and its role at prisoner of war camps at Gravenhurst, Ontario, and Ripples, New Brunswick.

AWARDS

The 2019 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Society Award for Historical Writing.


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