John Broom, Historian and Author

Welcome to my blog, in which I highlight people whose lives have been impacted by and contributed to twentieth century culture, especially in the fields of warfare, religion, medicine and cricket.

Having been awarded a doctorate by the University of Durham in 2019, I continue to work as a freelance author and historian in my spare time. During the working week I am a Specialist Teacher for Children with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties.

My history of the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War has recently been published, and I am currently working a book about the search for the missing of the First World War.
Details of my other titles can be found here

I hope you enjoy reading some of the posts on this blog.

John Broom

September 2019.





13 thoughts on “John Broom, Historian and Author

  1. John T. Broom, PhD September 3, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Just thought I would stop by and say Hi to a PhD Candidate in my field with my name!


  2. John T. Broom, PhD September 3, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    And very much looking forward to reading “Fight the Good Fight”


    • johnbroom1970 September 4, 2015 / 5:17 am

      And from Norwich too, whence my Broom ancestors originate!


      • John T. Broom, PhD September 17, 2015 / 4:55 pm

        Well Norwich University in Northfield Vermont, USA. But I live in Southwest Missouri in the Ozarks, isn’t the internet grand. May God go before your work with favor.


  3. Joyce Rhoden November 1, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Thanks for your message in the visitors book.please keep me posted .

    If I may I will pass on your blogg to Chris Hobby (our local wartime historian) He may have some info that could be of use.
    Sorry I didnt get to talk to you both


    • johnbroom1970 November 1, 2015 / 12:23 pm

      Absolutely Joyce. Yes we left a little earlier than planned and did not want to disturb you. Please pass on my details to whom you wish. Brockenhurst church was a really good find.


  4. debbie cameron February 4, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    John, I have started to record details of military chaplains on Lives of the first world war, in remembrance and have added details of frank russell barry -part of the informatin i have used is from your blog but I have credited it whenever i have used it – i hope this means more of these brave men can be remembered . he is remembered here
    I am also adding conscientious objectors, such as James Allen Skinner

    I have now subscribed to your blog. I hope it was ok to use some of the information for some of my research; as mentioned, i have credited your blog where appropriate.


    • johnbroom1970 February 4, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Yes absolutely no problem at all. I’m happy that their lives are recorded. You’ll find some blog posts about people whose memorials I’ve come across in various churches. Please feel free to have a scroll through and link to them too.


  5. Keith Pybus February 9, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Dear John

    There were, sadly, two Transylvanias, both sunk by enemy action in successive wars. You have a wreck site pic of the wrong vessel. A mistake I hasten to add I made myself initially.


    • johnbroom1970 February 9, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you for that information. Do you know if the Transylvania one which Capt. Pope was serving was ever found?


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