Farewell to Richard Holmes

Two clerks on duty in James Taylors offices in Old Portsmouth. 			 (Robert James collection)

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With the passing of boxing great Sir Henry Cooper and snooker’s ‘Whispering’ Ted Lowe, the death of Professor Richard Holmes seems to have been missed by the media.

Many of you would have known him for his television programme War Walks, where he walked around scenes of battles in the First World War.

He also made a documentary about the American Civil War and Oliver Cromwell and Winston Churchill were two other famous men he wrote about.

Holmes was a senior army reservist and was colonel-in-chief of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment from 1999 until 2007.

He died aged just 65 on April 30.