About Me

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Ian Loftus is based in Perth, Western Australia and has worked for the Australian, Western Australian and Northern Territory Governments in a range of policy, stakeholder engagement and communications roles, for a mining industry peak body, for a mining company and in public relations consulting. He has also been involved in health sector NGOs, and has served on the boards of Diabetes Australia Ltd, Glycemic Index Ltd, and the Diabetics Association of the Northern Territory Inc.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland (majoring in History and Politics) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Governance from Deakin University.

His interested in military history stems from his relatives’ military service: his father was an infantry officer and fought in Vietnam, his grandfather served with the 8th Army at Tobruk in the Second World War, and his great-grandfather served with a light trench mortar battery in the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front during the First World War. He also had two great-uncles who served with Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army during the Second World War, and a distant cousin who fought with the Royal Welch Fusiliers on the Western Front. A great aunt served with the Australian Army Medical Women’s Services in the Second World War.

Ian’s interest in Martin O’Meara VC started with a visit to Pozieres in France several year ago, and his forthcoming biography on Martin O’Meara is his first book.

Other research interests include:

The RAAF 1972 Caribou crash

Bede Kenny VC

Billy Sing DCM

Peter Lyon

One thought on “About Me

  1. Hello Ian
    I think that the last time I saw you, you were a small boy and I think I was still living in an army camp in Wales [or it may have been further back in Malaysia]. Your mum pointed me in your direction. I knew your dad very well in Terendak – he was a lovely man.

    I was very interested in your research and will keep an eye open for your book. I too have researched Australian soldiers in WW1 – I have done a lot of research about Hylands House near Chelmsford which was a military hospital in WW1. I have researched as many soldiers as I could find who were patients and have two Australians. I have also done an on-line course with Monash University – ‘WW1 in 100 years’.

    With very best wishes
    Linda Knock

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