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I was born into a mining community in South Derbyshire, UK, the eldest son of a family of six children. Although better known to friends as John, I use my first Christian name, Ernest, as my author name to avoid confusion with another author. On leaving school I joined the National Coal Board but left to join the police service. In later years, as a detective, I spent time in colleges in Yorkshire, Liverpool, and London, finally becoming a Special Branch officer working together with such agencies as MI5 and briefly with the American Secret Service.
As a Special Branch officer, and trained firearms expert, I was privileged to provide protection for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and most members of the royal family. I also provided protection for Ladybird Johnson, wife of Linden Baines Johnson, former President of The United States of America, Chairman Hua Kuo Feng of China and Sir Maurice Oldfield, the ex-Director General of MI6.
During my service I received several commendations from Chief Constables and Judges of Assize & Crown Court for diligence and bravery in the face of armed criminals and was recommended for the award of The Queen's Police Medal.
Upon retirement I purchased a small hill farm, high in the Pennines of the Peak District National Park.
I am a musician, an organist, and I have a lifetime's experience of working horses - from the heavy Shires and Clydesdales to the lighter carriage horses.