Alan Mead was born in Willesden, Middlesex in 1926. He was educated at Dudden Hill, Kilburn Grammar, and Pinner County School.
At the beginning of the second world war he was evacuated to Northampton, returning to his home in Harrow in 1941 when a space became vacant at Pinner when he joined 628 Squadron of the Air Training Corps.
He volunteered for air crew duties with RAFVR and was accepted in PNB category in 1944 but was later discharged as "surplus to requirements" and transferred to the army. He volunteered for the Parachute Regiment and served in Palestine from 1945 to January 1948. He later served with the Territorial Army in the RMP Provost Coy, 16th Airborne Division 1952-54.
He married Ivy Green (1925-2012) in 1948 and they had three children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He studied local history with Wendover WEA under the expert guidance of Dr Kate Tiller of Oxford University Department of External Studies. 1982-85.
His published works include The Wendover Election of 1741 (Records of Buckinghamshire Vol 28.1986), The Book Of Wendover co-authored with Brian Samuels, Max Summerell and Peter Eckett (published by Barracuda Books, 1989), Days of Glory - The History of Glory Paper Mill, Wooburn Green, Bucks, published by author in 1991, 2011 and 2012, designed by Farr out Publications, Wokingham.
Alan worked at Glory Mill for over 30 years and the latest 2012 edition is marketed by the Mills Archive Trust, Reading.