Edward Richard Holmes, CBE, TD, VR, JP (29 March 1946 – 30 April 2011), known as Richard Holmes, was a British military historian, known for his many television appearances. He was co-director of Cranfield University's Security and Resilience Group from 1989 to 2009 and became Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield in 1995.
Edward Richard Holmes
29 March 1946
|Died||30 April 2011 (aged 65)|
|Occupation||Professor of Military and Security Studies|
|Service/||British Army (TA)|
|Years of service||1964–2000|
|Awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire Efficiency Decoration Volunteer Reserves Service Medal|
In 1964 he enlisted in the Territorial Army, the volunteer reserve of the British Army. Two years later he received a commission as a second lieutenant with the T.A., and was promoted to lieutenant on 17 June 1968. He was promoted acting captain in 1972, substantive captain in 1973, acting major in 1978, awarded the Efficiency Decoration (TD) in 1979, promoted to substantive major in 1980. In 1983, he transferred to and took command of the 2nd Battalion, The Wessex Regiment.
He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel when he chose to give up full-time service in 1986. In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (Military Division). He was promoted colonel on 29 January 1989. In June 1991, he was appointed aide-de-camp to the Queen, holding the post until February 1997.
In January 1994, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Southampton University Officer Training Corps, and in that February, he was appointed Brigadier-General TA at Headquarters Land Command.
In 1995, he became Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield. From 1997 until his retirement in 2000, Holmes was Director General, Reserve Forces and Cadets, as well as having the distinguished honour of being Britain's senior serving reservist. In the 1998 New Year Honours, he was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (Military Division).
From September 1999 to 1 February 2007, he was Colonel of the Regiment of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (successor to The Queen's and Royal Hampshire Regiments). On 19 September 2000, he was awarded the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal.
In 1989 he was appointed as the Co-director of Cranfield University's Security Studies Institute at the Royal Military College of Science, at Shrivenham. He became Professor of Military and Security Studies there in 1995, retiring from both positions, although retaining some part-time responsibilities in 2009.
Holmes was also President of the British Commission for Military History, and the Battlefields Trust. He was also a patron of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, He received the Order of the Dannebrog and held honorary doctorates from the universities of Leicester and Kent.
Holmes wrote more than twenty published books, including Firing Line and Redcoat, and was also Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Press' Companion to Military History. His television works included writing and presenting documentary series on the American Revolution such as Rebels and Redcoats in 2003 and Battlefields, a series concentrating on the bloody battles of the Second World War. His War Walks television series has been regularly repeated on British terrestrial and digital television channels, including BBC Two and UKTV History. One of his documentary series was Wellington: The Iron Duke, in which he chronicled the Duke of Wellington's life, travelling to India, to Waterloo and numerous other locations.
He used a similar format in his series, In the Footsteps of Churchill, a documentary on Winston Churchill. In this, he travelled across the world, including South Africa, Sudan, Egypt and various locations in the United Kingdom and Europe. He also wrote a book to accompany the series.
In 1975, Holmes married Catherine Saxton, with whom he had two daughters.
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Holmes is an English-language surname with several origins.
The name can be a variant of the surname Holme. This surname has several etymological origins: it can be derived from a name for someone who lived next to a holly tree, from the Middle English holm; it can also be derived from the Old English holm and Old Norse holmr. Another origin of Holmes is from a placename near Dundonald, or else a place located in the barony of Inchestuir. The surname is also sometimes an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Mac Thomáis; similarly, Holmes can also be a variant of Cavish, derived as an Anglicised form of Mac Thámhais.List of University of Reading alumni
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Waltham Forest is the birthplace of William Morris, best known as one of the principal founders of the British Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris was a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction, and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain.
Other famous people such as Footballer and former England Captain David Beckham, I, Claudius star Derek Jacobi, former Essex and England Cricket Captain Graham Gooch and film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock were also born in the borough.
Among those who were born in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order):
Keith Albarn, manager of Soft Machine and father of Damon Albarn, taught art at Walthamstow College of Art in the 1960s
Jodi Albert, former Hollyoaks actress
Trevor Bailey, Essex and England cricketer
Graham Barnfield, pundit and academic, moved to Highams Park in 2001. He lived in the former home of actress Tara Moran.
David Beckham, grew up in Chingford having been born at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone on 2 May 1975; as a child he attended Chingford School and played football for Ridgeway Rovers, a local side
John Berger, socialist artist and writer, lived in Highams Park as a child
Peter Blake (artist), artist, painted sleeve cover of the Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Blazin' Squad, members of the band lived in or near Highams Park and studied at Highams Park School
Mick Box, guitarist for Uriah Heep born in Walthamstow
Boy Kill Boy
Matthew Bourne, choreographer and dancer, was born in Walthamstow
Frederick Bremer, inventor
Sir Reader William Bullard
Lee Butcher, Leyton Orient Goalkeeper
Edward Buxton (conservationist)
David Cairns, musician, guitarist with Secret Affair was born in Walthamstow
Harry Cohen, MP for Leyton, attended Selwyn School
Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard
Jack Cornwell VC, born in Leyton in 1900
Johnny Dankworth, jazz musician, born in Highams Park in 1927, attended Selwyn School and Sir George Monoux Grammar School
Paul Di'Anno, lead singer of Iron Maiden 1978-1981.
Alan Davies, stand-up comedian and regular guest on quiz show QI, was born in Chingford
Curtis Davies, Premiership footballer
Joe Dever, author and games designer, was born in Chingford in 1956
Adam Devlin, guitarist for The Bluetones lives in Walthamstow
Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister, attended Higham Hall School in Walthamstow
Iain Duncan Smith, MP
Ian Dury, singer and songwriter, studied at Walthamstow Art College
Fleur East, singer-songwriter, runner-up to The X Factor UK, 2014
East 17, British pop boy band, including singer/songwriter Brian Harvey
Sir George Edwards (aviation), aircraft designer (Concorde) and industrialist was born in Hale End Road, Highams Park, on 9 July 1908.
Eamon Everall, studied at Waltham Forest School of Art
James Foster (cricketer, born 1980)
Neil Gerrard, MP for Walthamstow
Sir Stephen Gomersall
Peter Greenaway, CBE
Gunshot (British Hip hop group)
King Harold I
Steve Harris, founder and bass player of Iron Maiden
Brian Harvey (musician)
Martin Hayes (footballer)
Peter Hennessy, historian
John Hewer "Captain Birdseye"
Sir Alfred Hitchcock
Richard Holmes (military historian)
Tom Hood, humourist and playwright, born at Lake House in 1835
Mick Hume, journalist
Nasser Hussain, OBE
Doug Insole, England Cricketer
Jonathan Ive, designed the iPod (all generations) iMac (all generations), iBook, Powerbook, MacBook and MacBook Pro, as well as the new iPhone
The Kray twins, buried in Chingford cemetery
Kwasi Kwarteng, Conservative Party politician
T E Lawrence
Russell Lissack, from Bloc Party grew up in Chingford
Valentine McEntee, 1st Baron McEntee
Dominic McVey, Britain's youngest self-made millionaire
George Allan Mitchell, VC
Chris Moncrieff, political journalist
George Monoux, Lord Mayor of the City of London, 1514
More Fire Crew
Frank Muir (Writer and radio personality)
Grant Nelson, radio DJ, went to school in Chingford
Peter Nicol, MBE
Michael Nyman, composer and musicologist
Grayson Perry, ceramicist and 2003 Turner Prize winner, has his studio in Walthamstow
Pascale Petit, poet, twice shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize, lives in Walthamstow
Leslie Phillips, comedy star of the Carry On Films, lived in Chingford
Fred Pontin, founder and managing director of Pontins holiday camps
Lt.Col V.C. 'Dope' Richmond, designer of the R101
Alliot Verdon Roe
Pam St. Clement
June Sarpong, television presenter
Baroness Scotland, Attorney General, grew up in Walthamstow and attended Walthamstow School for Girls
Teddy Sheringham, footballer, born on 2 April 1966 in Highams Park
Rita Simons, British actress, singer and model
John Smith, avant–garde filmmaker, born in Highams Park, attended Selwyn Avenue School and George Monoux School
Rodney "Gypsy" Smith
Vivian Stanshall, musician, painter, singer, broadcaster, songwriter, poet and writer, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, grew up in Grove Road, Walthamstow
Seán Mac Stíofáin
Thomas Griffith Taylor, (1890-1963) Antarctic explorer
Angela Watkinson, MP
Danniella Westbrook, former EastEnders star lives in Chingford
Adam Woodyatt, English actor who plays Ian Beale in EastEnders, born in Walthamstow 1968
Peter Waterfield, Born in WalthamstowWessex Regiment
The Wessex Regiment was a Territorial Army (TA) infantry regiment of the British Army between 1971 and 1995. It had two battalions: The 1st Bn (Rifle Volunteers) with its headquarters at Le Marchant Barracks in Devizes and the 2nd Bn (Volunteers), which was headquartered at Brock Barracks in Reading. In 1994, the battalions were amalgamated to form the 2nd Bn the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, later the Royal Rifle Volunteers. Most recently, its remnants can be traced to the formation of The Rifles.