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Simon Doughty

Simon Doughty

Simon Doughty was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1976, retiring from the Army in 2009 in the rank of colonel. During his military career he travelled widely and served in England, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany and Holland. He served with his regiment in both the armoured and ceremonial (mounted) role and, as a staff officer, had tours of duty with the Ministry of Defence, HQ Land Command, and NATO. 

Simon has always had an interest in history, particularly military history, including warfare through the ages and in the ancient world. He is a graduate of the Army Staff College, Camberley, and undertook a Defence Fellowship at Kings College, London, gaining an MA in War Studies.  Since leaving the Army, Simon divides his time between being the Clerk of The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor, leading the occasional bespoke battlefield tour, and editing The Guards Magazine. Simon is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and has recently collaborated with the photographer James Kerr (ex-Coldstream Guards) on a photographic study of the landscape of the Western Front. The book, Silent Landscape, was published in 2016 as was his second book,

The Guards Came Through: An Illustrated History of the Guards in the Great War.