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Hi there, Welcome to my website! I am a medical military and suicide historian and I specialise in British military history over the last three centuries. I am currently researching the history of British Military Suicide from 1850-2018 with the aim to work with various organisations on ways to prevent future suicides as well as... Continue Reading →

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New Book: A Long Century of British Military Suicide, 1900-2020: Silent Voices

Today I can announce that I have been awarded a contract by Palgrave McMillian for the publication of my forthcoming book 'A Long Century of British Military Suicide, 1900-2020: Silent Voices' I am so excited for this, military related suicide is my passion and I have been working towards this for several years. The book... Continue Reading →

Synthesising Super Soldiers – New Article

Very excited to say that my article on the links between medical humanities and science fiction has been released today. The Girl or The Weapon This article considers Doctor Who, Captain America, and River Tam as separate entities with relations to the physical construction, abuse, and trauma of member of military service in history. I... Continue Reading →

Suicide in Scottish Universities – A Call for Collaborative Research and Support

The above image refers to an excellent initiative based in England and Wales that is focused on mental health support and suicide prevention for University Students. Contained within the booklet is guidance on how to support students suffering from ill mental health, statistics related to the number of student suicides, and initiatives designed to support... Continue Reading →

Chasing Academia: At what point should we just give up? (Spoiler alert – When and If you want to!)

I'm in Islay today, finally taking my lunch after a long but great day in a school supporting young people get into university. It's decent work, but it looks likely my position will end in just over six months due to funding. In the best tradition of self-preservation, my search for a position related to... Continue Reading →

Goodbye to all that

The centenary of the First World War has been over now for almost a year. I count myself lucky as I started my PhD exactly 100 years from the beginning of the war, and I ended it the same way in 2018. Each year of my PhD I lived through the war vicariously through the... Continue Reading →

Doing History in Public Again

I don’t usually weblog, but this short piece about the importance and challenges of public history by the incredible Dr Jessica Meyer at Leeds University is an important read for the state of modern academia for historians.

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IMG_4460I was on television last night. If you follow me on Twitter, then you will probably have seen this already. Given that I was speaking to Daniel Radcliffe for Who Do You Think You Are?, both I and my department were quite keen to publicise this event.  Since the broadcast, there has been quite a lot more interest, and some very interesting discussions about historical research for factual television, letters from women to soldiers during the First World War, and the significance of the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery at Dud Corner. In other words, this bit of academic public engagement, me bringing my historical expertise to bear on a popular subject in a very public forum, went as well as I could have hoped when my meeting with Dan was filmed back in May.

What has made this experience slightly ironic, however, is the coincidence of the publication of…

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