Tom Read is a pseudonym for Charles 'Nish' Bruce. Born in 1956, Nish spent fifteen years as a soldier in the British Army. He was a member of the Second Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 Para), The Red Devils Parachute Display Team and 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (22 SAS). He served in the Falklands, throughout Central America and in Northern Ireland in the early 1980s, where he was
awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for acts of 'exemplary bravery'.
Nish was also a renowned skydiver with a love for crosswords and everything airborne. He died in 2002, aged forty-five.