G.V.M. Heap attended Cambridge University where he read for a BA. In 1929, he joined the University College of the South West (later the University of Exeter) as a part-time assistant lecturer in Classics in 1929, later becoming Head of Department between 1941-1947, Dean of the Faculty of Arts 1940-1941, and finally Academic Secretary 1947-1950. He undertook war service between 1941-1944. He lived in Wells, Somerset, for a number of years in the 1960s and 1970s until a move to Bury St. Edmunds in 1977 in order to be closer to Cambridge. At one point, he is believed to have run a bookshop in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. He died in the mid-late 1980s.
John Richard Thornhill Pollard was born in 1914 and spent his early childhood in Herefordshire. He was educated at Hereford High School for Boys and the King's School, Ottery St. Mary, Devon. He attended the University College of the South West (later the University of Exeter) between 1932-1938, where he achieved a BA in Classics in 1936 and was taught by G.V.M. Heap. He gained an MA in Classics from the University of London. He was commissioned in the Devonshire Regiment in 1939 and served in the forces in Africa, returning to do an MLitt at Exeter College, Oxford University, after the war. He subsequently pursued an academic career, initially at St. Andrew's University (1948-1949), and then at the University College of North Wales (now known as the University of Wales, Bangor) as lecturer and senior lecturer in classics from 1949-1982 and 1987-1989. He is the author of numerous articles and books in classics, as well as an autobiographical work No County to Compare: Memories of a Herefordshire Childhood between the Wars (1994).