Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Speirs

an “officer with a reputation”

In a military career spanning 22 years, Speirs has been lauded as a hero, embroiled in controversy and celebrated in both print and TV. This website looks at the real man behind the reputation.

Lieutenant Colonel RONALD C. SPEIRS

Web Team

Heather Pimm

Heather PimmHeather lives in Devon – the birthplace of all of Ronald Speirs’ brothers and sisters – and first became interested in his life after watching the Band of Brothers TV series and reading the book behind it.

Heather was intrigued by the controversial yet heroic character of Speirs, but was surprised to find very little written or known about him. Her added interest in the social impact the large numbers of American servicemen had on England during WWII, led her to find out more and she became determined to create a lasting factual record of his life and actions.

Heather is the widow of a local family doctor who was also interested in English and French military history. She has three horses and takes part in dressage competitions in her spare time away from her job at a telecoms company.

Scott Crombie

Scott CrombieScott Crombie is very proud of the accomplishments of his great uncle, Ronald Speirs and his love of genealogy gives him an extensive knowledge of his family tree.

The Crombie family lived next door to the Speirs family when Ronald was a child and Scott says, “My great grandparents had also recently moved into the neighbourhood arriving in Boston on the SS Samaria in July 1923. The families became good friends, coming from the same area of Glasgow, Scotland. In fact, my grandfather and one of Ronald’s sisters would later marry.”

In his free time Scott enjoys pursuing his interest in genealogy, World War II history, woodworking and coaching youth sports. He resides with his fiancée and his daughter in Massachusetts where he works for a local family farm.

Jess Dunbar 

Jess DunbarJess is professional copywriter who joined the web team to help collate and edit the large amount of research and information gathered about Ronald Speirs.

A former broadcast journalist, Jess spent more than a decade working in radio and TV. Most recently as a producer for BBC breakfast radio, Jess has experience in presenting lots of complex information to an audience. Previous jobs include News Editor at a commercial radio station, Producer and Researcher at a TV production company and much freelancing in journalism, PR, marketing and event management in between. Today, her copywriting business sees her writing on topics as diverse as technology, manufacturing, history, children and family life.

When not at her desk running her copywriting business from home, Jess loves to bake and cook for family and friends.
She is mother to two young children, and lives with her husband on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon.

CWD Web Design

Clare Web DesignCWD was formed in 2005 and is now a team of six, designing and developing websites alongside logo design, brochure production and internet marketing.

The founding member, Hayley Clare has 20 years experience in the print and design industry.

CWD’s team of developers worked alongside the key contributors on this project, sharing ideas, offering solutions and creating a site fit for purpose to recount the life and times of Ronald Speirs.