Colin Dennistoun Willock ( January 13th, 1919 - March 26th, 2005 ) was born in Finchley ( North London , England ). He was educated at Tonbridge School ( Kent, England ), where a science teacher inspired his love of natural history.
Leaving school at 16 years old, he has always been fascinated by aircraft and love flying. He then tried to joined the R.A.F., but failed because of his bad eyesight. Colin Willock went into journalism, before the outbreak of the Second World War. He served in as a Captain in the Royal Marines, in North Africa and Italy.
After the war, he became Executive Editor of Lilliput magazine, Assistant Editor of Picture Post and founding Editor of the Angling Times. As Head of Anglia Television Natural History Unit, he wrote and produced nearly 500 programmes for Anglia Television's pioneering wildlife documentary series Survival, for almost 30 years from its inception in 1961.
A countryman through and through, Colin Willock understood nature and wildlife, and wrote about it with authority and experience. He was the author of 36 books, including The ABC Of Fishing ( 1964 ) and The ABC Of Shooting ( 1975 ). His Town Gun column appeared in the Shooting Times for more than 40 years. Colin Willock wrote his last Town Gun column from his hospital bed, only days before his death.
( sources : www.theguardian.com, The Fighters, Wikipedia )