My books

This section contains the details of all of my books and a bit of background and insight into them. Enjoy!

Maidstone in the Great War

Maidstone in the Great War

Maidstone in the Great War tells the remarkable story of this Kent county town’s immense contribution to the Great War effort from the outbreak of war in 1914, to the long-awaited Allied victory in 1918.
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Grays in the Great War

Grays in the Great War

Grays (Thurrock) in the Great War tells the story of Grays and the wider Thurrock area from the outbreak of the Great War until the peace of 1918.
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Isle of Sheppey in the Great War

Isle of Sheppey in the Great War

The Isle of Sheppey, although not a heavily populated area, played an extremely important part in Great Britain’s war effort on the home front throughout the four and a half years of the First World War.
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Isle of Thanet in the Great War

Isle of Thanet in the Great War

Because of the geographical location of the Isle of Thanet, it was always going to play a part in the First World War.
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Against All Odds

Against All Odds

Walter Tull would have been a remarkable individual no matter when he had been born, but to achieve what he did, during the time that he did, makes him even more remarkable.
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Lost in the night

Lost in the night

A woman is raped by someone she knows, but decides not to report the matter to the Police mainly because the man threatens to kill both her and her son if she does. Twelve years later the son dies in mysterious circumstances and the Police are unable to establish the cause of death.
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Six days in June

Six days in June

A man loses his wife, his daughter and unborn child in a road accident that involves a speeding motorist. Years later as the man is fast approaching retirement he realizes that he cannot face the twilight years of his life without the love of his life.
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German POW camp 266 Langdon Hills

German POW camp 266 Langdon Hills

This book isn’t a story it’s an historical account of what life was like for the German POW’s who spent time incarcerated in Camp 266 at Langdon Hills in Essex.

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Two sons in a warzone

Two sons in a warzone

When soldiers go to war, what do their families and friends experience? There is huge public support for the military, who risk their lives in faraway war zones, but do we really have any idea what their ‘nearest and dearest’ go through while the troops are away?
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Dartford in the Great War

Dartford in the Great War

Dartford was a hive of activity during the Great War years, with most in the community doing their bit for the war effort in what ever way that they could.


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Scarborough in the Great War

Scarborough in the Great War

In the early months of the war, for most people Scarborough was just another town somewhere in northern England, where exactly, they weren’t entirely sure.
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Hartlepool in the Great War

Hartlepool in the Great War

With the outbreak of the First World War, it was not surprising that a number of individuals who were of German decent, and who lived in Hartlepool and its surrounding areas, were rounded up and detained by the British military authorities, in the interests of both national security and for their own personal safety.
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Kent at war

Kent at War 1939-45

Kent at War 1939 – 45 is a comprehensive account of the part that the county played in the Second World War, covering in great detail a combination of life on the home front from a civilian perspective balanced against that of a military one.
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Royal Hospital Chelsea

A History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea 1682-2017: The Warriors’ Repose

A History of the Royal Hospital Chelsea looks at the hospital’s beginnings, with its Royal patronage and heritage which dates back to King Charles ll in 1682\.
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City of London in the Great War

City of London in the Great War

Throughout the First World War, London played a major part in Great Britain’s war effort, both at home and abroad. A far as Germany was concerned, the city was their ultimate goal – the ultimate target that would bring them the sought-after victory they so desired.
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The Channel Islands in the Great War

The Channel Islands in The Great War

Before the outbreak of the First World War, the Channel Islands were viewed as they are today; scenic, sunny and relaxing holiday destinations, where it was possible to briefly escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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The Diary

The Diary

A Second World War prisoner of war camp in rural Essex sees two German POW’s die in mysterious circumstances, their deaths remained unresolved for sixty-five years.
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Dead men don't lie

Dead Men Don’t Lie

An armed robbery takes place at a Supermarket which results in the unintentional death of a security guard. Only one member of the gang who carried out the robbery stands trial for both the robbery and the murder of the guard.
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Disaster before D-day

Disaster Before D-Day

This is a book of two stories. The first is the sad tale of how at least 749 American servicemen lost their lives on a pre-D-Day landing exercise, code-named ‘Operation Tiger’, on the evening of 23/24 April 1943. The second, was the unanswerable question of whether the attacking E-Boats of the German Kriegsmarine had fully grasped the importance of what they had stumbled across.
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Chelmsford

Struggle and Suffrage in Chelmsford

Struggle and Suffrage in Chelmsford is a comprehensive account of what life was like for women in Chelmsford from 1850-1950.
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Gravesend in the Great War

Gravesend in the Great War

Gravesend was like most other towns in the UK during the course of the First World War. When the call came to serve King and Country, local men enlisted in their thousands, but sadly not all of them returned.
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Hythe in the Great War

Hythe in the Great War

Hythe in the Great War looks at the military aspect of the war from the town’s perspective, including how many men from the town became casualties and the knock on effect this had on their families.
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Barking and Dagenham in the Great War

Barking and Dagenham in the Great War

The First World War was only a matter of days old when Barking placed itself firmly on the map, after Driver Job Henry Charles Drain of the 37th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, was awarded the Victoria Cross.
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Animals in the Great War

Animals in the Great War

Animals in the Great War looks at the use of animals by all sides in the Great War and to what effect. In the main, it focuses greatly on horses, dogs and pigeons but also addresses the war efforts of other animals.
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Romford in the Great War

Romford in the Great War

Romford in the Great War tells the remarkable story of Romford and its surrounding areas from the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, to the long-awaited peace of 1918. 
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Tunbridge Wells in the Great War

Tunbridge Wells in the Great war

Using original material and letters from the First World War, this captivating and eye-opening account uncovers the unnerving realities of the First World War and the impact it had on the town of Tunbridge Wells.
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Canterbury in the Great War

Canterbury in the Great War

Canterbury had been a garrison town for many years before the war, and when hostilities began between Britain and Germany, it was home to The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
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Poole in the Great War

Poole in the Great War

On 13 August, with the war only a matter of days old, the German cargo vessel, Herbert Fischer, was on its way from Russia to deliver timber to J T Sydenhams in Poole.
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Enfield in the Great War

Enfield in the Great War

The Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield was famous for producing the Lee Enfield .303 Rifle, the standard issued rifle provided to all infantry soldiers in the British Army during the course of the First World War.
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The surrender of Singapore - Three years of hell

The Surrender of Singapore: Three Years of Hell 1942–45

Until the late 1930s, Singapore was noted as a popular stop-off point for wealthy European travellers on their way to countries such as Australia and New Zealand. All of that changed with the outbreak of the Second World War.
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Dover in the Great War

Dover in the Great War

Situated on the south coast of England, geographically and strategically, Dover more than played its part in the First World War.
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durham city in the great war

Durham City in the Great War

Durham was, and still is, one of the country’s oldest and best-loved cites. The very name was synonymous with dedication, dependability and determination. 
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Laindon in the Great War

Laindon in the Great War

Laindon in the Great War is a detailed account of how the war impacted on Laindon and the surrounding district, known today as Basildon, from the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, to the long-awaited peace of 1918.
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Chatham in the great war

Chatham in the Great War

Chatham played a very important part in the nation’s Great War effort. It was one of the British Royal Navy’s three ‘Manning Ports’, with more than a third of the town’s ships manned by men allocated to the Chatham Division.
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Folkestone in the great war

Folkestone in the Great War

Folkestone became one of the most important British towns during the First World War. Through its harbour, an estimated 10 million troops and nurses either departed from or arrived back in England between 1914 and 1919.
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Castle Point in the Great War

Castle Point in the Great War

Brief history on the various parishes that make up the Borough of Castle Point and what life was like prior to 1915.
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Women in the Great War

Women in the Great War

The First World War was fought on two fronts. In a military sense it was fought on the battlefields throughout Europe, the Gallipoli peninsular and other such theatres of war, but on the Home Front it was the arduous efforts of women that kept the country running.
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Brentwood in the Great War

Brentwood in the Great War

Brentwood in the Great War tells the remarkable story of Brentwood and its surrounding areas from the outbreak of the Great War, to the long-awaited the peace of 1918.
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Billericay in the Great War

Billericay in the Great War

In 1914 Billericay was a peaceful compact village of about 2000 inhabitants. There was the High Street, Back Street, which today is called Chapel Street, and Back Lane which is now Western Road.
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