Professor Richard Holmes was one of Britain's most distinguished historians. He was Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and he presented seven BBC TV series, including War Walks, The Western Front, Wellington and In the Footsteps of Churchill. He was general editor of the Oxford Companion to Military History, and the author of over twenty books. His trilogy on the British soldier across history, Redcoat, Sahib and Tommy, also attracted wide acclaim and several of his books featured in the UK's non-fiction bestseller list. He was President of the British Commission for Military History. He died on 30th April 2011.