Further Information ~ Biography
Francis Gerard, born 1905, had two main series
characters. Sir John Meredith and Commissioner Sanders who was
originally created by Edgar Wallace. We know little else and would be
only too happy to flesh this page out with any useful and reliable
information about this author. If you have any such information that you
would care to share, please do get in touch.
The Following Information is taken from a reissued book published by Tom Stacey
It was very kindly sent in by Ian Peters, Esq. To whom we are vey grateful.
" Francis Gerard was born in 1905. His father was French and much of his childhood was spent in France, He began to write while working in London as a dealer in precious stones. His first stories appeared in a twopenny weekly called "The Thriller", to which many famous crime writers contributed. But his first full-length novel was a historical epic about Hannibal.
For a while he produced two or three books a year. His thrillers, most of which have John Meredith as hero, became extremely popular; but, after Edgar Walllace's death, he also wrote three books about Sanders of the River which have a good claim to being considered better than Wallace's own Sanders stories.
During the war he served as a Major in the Essex Regiment, while his wife worked at the Foreign Office. In 1946 he moved, with his family and ageing parents, to Natal where he became a South African citizen. Gradually he wrote less and less, devoting much of his time to politics instead. "Springbok Rampant", a semi-autobiographical account of his reasons for leaving Britain, was pub;ished in 1951.
He married twice and had three children by his second wife. He died in the early 1960s."