Editor in Chief
Paul has been studying the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars for over forty years, with a special interest in the many thousands of men, women and children taken as prisoners of war. He has published two books on the subject: Hell Upon Water: Prisoners of War in Britain 1793-1815 and The Napoleonic Prison of Norman Cross: The Lost Town of Huntingdonshire, as well as writing for magazines such as First Empire, Age of Napoleon and Battlefields Review. He compiles the Intelligence and Events columns in The Waterloo Journal. Aside from writing he gives talks on Napoleonic subjects to Local History and Genealogy Societies, U3A, Probus and Rotary Clubs, as well as conducting tours of the Norman Cross Prison site to interested groups and during Heritage Open Days. He was involved in the restoration of the Norman Cross Eagle Memorial.
Gareth is an ex Royal Navy Officer who has studied the Napoleonic wars for over forty years. He is particularly interested in the eyewitness journals and letters of participants and has uncovered a huge number of previously unknown accounts which have added greatly to our knowledge of the period. He has published over 80 books and monographs and plans many more yet. He is the editor of the critically acclaimed eight volume (soon to be 12) Waterloo Archive which is now a ‘must’ for anyone interested in the Waterloo campaign and subsequent Army of Occupation. His consequent acclaimed reappraisal of the Waterloo campaign, based on the huge amount of new material discovered, was published as Waterloo, Myth and Reality. Gareth lives in Cardiff, South Wales.
John Morewood read Modern History at Oxford University. He is Secretary of the Waterloo Association and specialises in heavy cavalry, militia, naval and smuggling issues of the period. He co-authored HMS Vanguard at the Nile- the men, the ships, the battle and his book “Waterloo General” was nominated in The Evening Standard as one of its Christmas Best Buys in 2016. He is currently studying for his PhD at the Institute of Historical Research on the Abolition of the Slave Trade and Slavery and the pivotal role of Lord Brougham.
Owen Davis studied War Studies and History at King’s College London, with a focus on the history of Intelligence and British Imperialism. Owen has previously written for News Decoder, Waterloo 200 and the Age of Revolution. He has an interest in the Austrian Empire and is currently researching the biographies of soldiers and officers who served in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, whilst serving as Membership Secretary for the Waterloo Association.
Alan has a BA in History and Politics and MA in Political Philosophy from York. He has a keen interest in Military and Political history. He is Webmaster of the Waterloo Association website and author of several articles.
Steve is a corporate tax adviser by profession, historian by inclination, and has been studying the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars for fifty years. He has walked most of the battlefields in the Peninsula, lost count of his visits to Waterloo, and followed in the footsteps of French armies across Europe and beyond. Collecting period memorabilia and original documentation has become an obsession which is channelled into research on the lives of those who lived through these dramatic events. He is an enthusiastic member of the Waterloo Association who tries to attend as many regional events as possible.
- Robert Burnham
- Tom Holmberg
- Tony Broughton
- Steve Brown
Placed on the Napoleon Series: March 2020
I am sorry to announce that Richard Tennant died recently of pancreatic cancer after a seven-year battle. He was a frequent contributor to the Napoleon Series, First Empire magazine, Tradition, and other journals. Over the years he travelled extensively exploring battlefields throughout Europe and often used images from his travels to illustrate his articles. His research was eclectic and his depth of knowledge on a variety of topics was amazing. It was always a pleasure to open an email from Dick, because I never knew what he would send me for publication on the Napoleon Series. One submission might be on bridges, the next on minor French allies, and a third on mules in the Peninsular War. Others included papers on maps, music, rockets, and money. One of my favourites was on uniform dyes! In addition to being a superb scholar, Dick was very generous both with his time and his money. He was always willing to share his research and help answer questions. He also made financial contributions to help support the Napoleon Series and was involved with the Rifles Charities. He was the epitome of the gentleman scholar and will be missed.
Bob Burnham, Editor (retired), The Napoleon Series
Richard Tennant 1944-2021
Like many historians of his generation Richard developed his interest in Napoleonic history via wargames. He had known Donald Featherstone since the 1960’s when his book Wargames introduced a generation of male baby boomers brought up on 1950’s films and the wartime experiences of their parents, to the military experience and thence to the history.
His first published article The Royal Sappers & Miners was published in 1971 in Tradition magazine, and Rocketmen of 1814, published in 1973 in Military Modelling, provided him with the funds to purchase an MGS medal which proved to be a valuable investment. The Journal of Napoleonic Association then published a four-chapter article in 1989. Richard went on to carefully research, write and publish many articles covering the Napoleonic period and in particular the Peninsular Wars. His articles often took a new perspective, exploring the impact of language and logistics challenges of the period. He built an impressive collection of books, maps and rifles and spent his lifetime meticulously and lovingly painting Hinton Hunt figures in superb detail. By 2020 he had complete 2,816 figures representing both an Anglo/Portuguese/Spanish Army and a French & Allied Army of around 1812-13. These were sold as a complete collection to David Crenshaw in Nashville, Tennessee.
Richard was Treasurer for the British Commission for Military History having been one of the 43 original members in 1977 and was made an Honorary Life Member in 2019. He became a Trustee for Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum in Winchester. His contribution to the Waterloo Diorama at the Museum earnt him Honorary Membership of the regiment presented by the Colonel Commandant, General Sir Nick Parker. He was President of the Wessex Military Society from 2013 until 2020, and recently was a key sponsor supporting the publication of Stephen Petty’s book Bugler Boy to Talavera.
Trudi Marsden (Richard’s daughter)
Placed on the Napoleon Series: March 2021