About Dr Tom Thorpe
I am a historian, podcaster and aspiring academic with an interest in combatant motivation and morale in 20th-century conflicts with a particular specialism on the Great War.
I am fascinated by what makes people in combat situations and military institutions fight, endure, desert or mutiny. I want to gain a greater understanding of what experiences and influences shape groups and individuals to act in particular ways during wars. In particular, I am interested in how interpersonal relationships, beliefs, norms, values and experiences shape personal and collective decisions and actions in conflict situations.
I also have a particular interest in the London Regiment, in which both my grandfather’s saw service, and am currently researching the history of the 1/13 Battalion, London Regiment (Kensingtons) during the Great War.
My current focus is to produce a monograph of my PhD.
In addition, I am the presenter and producer of the WFA’s podcast Mentioned in Dispatches.
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.
Originally from west London, I grew up in the Shropshire Marches from the mid-1970s 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 in 1993. I then embarked on a career as a communications and public affairs professional working initially as a Parliamentary researcher. After four years in the NHS, I became a public affairs and communications specialist in the health and social care sector. My positions included being a special adviser, stakeholder manager, speechwriter and lobbyist in a range of private, public and voluntary organisations. I became a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations in 2009. In 2010, I returned to academia to study for a PhD in military group cohesion which was awarded in May 2017.