TV war historian Professor Richard Holmes dies

Source: Guardian UK, 5-1-11

Richard Holmes presented BBC documentaries and wrote more than 20 books on warfare

Professor Richard Holmes dies
Professor Richard Holmes made BBC documentaries about Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and Oliver Cromwell. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to war historian Professor Richard Holmes, who has died aged 65 after a battle with cancer. Holmes, known for his television documentaries on warfare, was described as an irreplaceable historian who had a magical way with words.

He died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday.

Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, chief executive of soldiers’ charity ABF, said: “I’m absolutely mortified by his early death. He was a most wonderful historian with an incredible recall.

“He also had a most engaging wit and humour and the way in which he conveyed the historical message was sublime. One has lost an entire library with his death.

“He was a wonderful man, a good family man. Above all he was a great raconteur, wonderful to be with, entertaining. He was an enchanting man to know.”…READ MORE

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