(1876–1959), British writer, primarily of boys’ adventure stories. Although he began with historical tales, such as A Lad of Grit (1909), a story set during the Restoration, Westerman went on to write mainly contemporary adventure stories, particularly about World War I. These include Rounding Up the Raider: A Naval Story of the Great War (1916) and Winning His Wings: A Story of the R.A.F. (1919); in the latter, Westerman reveals his interest in flying and other aspects of the new technology. The author of over 170 books, which generally emphasize the traditional virtues of patriotism and discipline, Westerman was at his most popular in the 1930s.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.