Norman Ellison

Norman F. Ellison (1893 – 1976) was an English radio presenter and author who made radio programmes about nature and the countryside for the BBC's Children's Hour,[1] under the pseudonym Nomad the Naturalist, and wrote on the same subjects both as Nomad and in his own name.

Norman F. Ellison
Born1893
Died1976
Career
ShowChildren's Hour
Station(s)Home Service
NetworkBBC
CountryUnited Kingdom

Born in Liverpool in 1893,[2] he signed up as a private in the 1/6th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment,[3] at the outbreak of World War I,[2] and served in the trenches in Belgium.[2] He saw action on The Somme[3] and at Flanders[3] but was discharged in 1917[3] suffering from trench foot.[3] His war diaries were published in 1997.

In later life, he lived at West Kirby,[4] on the Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire.[1] He and Eric Hosking would watch birds together at Hilbre Island.[4] Six of his books were illustrated by his friend Charles Tunnicliffe.[1]

BibliographyEdit

  • Down Nature's Byways, University of London Press, 1938.
  • Out of Doors with Nomad (illustrated by Tunnicliffe), University of London Press, 1947.
  • Our British birds and beasts (photographs by Hosking, drawings by Alfed K. Wiffen), Open Air Books, 1947
    • Republished by Countrygoer Books, 1953
  • Wild Life in Britain, Open Air Books
  • Roving with Nomad (illustrated by Tunnicliffe), University of London Press, 1949.
  • Adventuring with Nomad (illustrated by Tunnicliffe), University of London Press, 1950.
  • Northwards with Nomad (illustrated by Tunnicliffe), University of London Press, 1951.
  • Over the Hills with Nomad (illustrated by Tunnicliffe), University of London Press.
  • Wandering with Nomad (illustrated by Tunnicliffe), University of London Press.
  • A check list of the fauna of Lancashire and Cheshire: Mammalia, Reptilia, Amphibia, 1959
  • The Wirral Peninsula, Hale, 1970 ISBN 0-7091-1660-8
  • Remembrances of Hell, the Great War diary of naturalist, writer and broadcaster Norman F. Ellison - 'Nomad' of the BBC, edited by David R. Lewis, Airlife, 1997 ISBN 978-1-85310-896-9

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The Nomad Books". The Charles Tunnicliffe Society. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Remembrances of Hell..." Library Catalogue. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e Lengel, Edward G. (2004). World War I memories. Scarecrow Press. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-8108-5008-8. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  4. ^ a b Smith, Richard (1 November 1999). "The Hilbre Party". Dee Estuary Newsletter. Retrieved 29 July 2009.

External linksEdit

(Both include photographs of Ellison)