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.