John Broom, Historian and Author

2018 was a significant year in my life.

Twelve years after first being given the 170 letters written by my father during his wartime service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, I was finally awarded a PhD from the University of Durham for a study of Christianity in the Armed forces during the Second World War.

This was something I had worked on for years, firstly transcribing the 139,000 words in the letters, then undertaking a Masters with the Open University before beginning the PhD under the supervision of Professor Michael Snape at the beginning of 2012.

It has been a wonderful journey, enabling me to uncover stories hidden in archives, or forgotten in out-of-print books for decades, and I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with surviving veterans of the conflict.

The year also saw the publication of my third and fourth books – one on the Opposition to the Second World War in Britain, the other on the more eclectic subject of Cigarette and Trade Cards. More information on all my publications can be found here.

Currently I am working on a history of the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War, and later in 2019 I start work on a book about the search for the missing of the First World War.

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

John Broom

January 2019.






11 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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