Welcome to my website. I am Dr Tom Thorpe and have created this website and it focuses on two of my interconnected interests; history and its communication.
Originally from west London, I grew up in the Shropshire Marches from the mid 1970’s and until 1988 when I returned to the capital to read History at King’s College London (KCL). I remained at KCL, completing a MA in Warstudies, finishing in 1993.
I then embarked on a career as a public relations and public affairs professional working initially as a Parliamentary researcher. After four years in the NHS, I specialised in the health and social care sector as a communications expert and policy analyst. My positions included being a special adviser, stakeholder manager, speech writer and lobbyist in a range of private, public and voluntary organisations. I became a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations in 2009.
Since childhood I have always been fascinated in all things historical with a focus on military matters. In 2010, this general interest developed into a PhD. I enrolled to study the extent, nature and impact of military group cohesion in London Regiment infantry battalions during the Great War at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. I was awarded my doctorate in early 2017.
I have a wide interest in military history, mainly focused on the ‘experience’ of the ordinary soldier. My special interest is on the history of combatant motivation and what influences people to serve in military organisations and fight in conflicts but also can persuade them to mutiny or strike.
I also have a particular interest in the London Regiment, in which both my grandfathers saw service, and am currently researching the history of the 1/13 Battalion, London Regiment (Kensingtons) during the Great War.
I am a Trustee of the Western Front Association (WFA) leading on press and PR and Co-Chair of the Antrim and Down WFA branch. In addition, I am the presenter and editor of the WFA’s podcast Mentioned in Dispatches. Finally, I am a member of the British Commission for Military History and the Irish Military History Society and an irregular media pundit on LBC radio and Sky News TV channel, commenting on contemporary security issues and military history.