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Dr Barry Blades

Dr Barry Blades is an independent researcher and writer, with a particular interest in the relationship between war and society and the impact of conflict upon individuals and their communities. Barry approaches his work as both a historian and as a professional educator. He taught History in secondary schools in London and Peterborough for over thirty years, and undertook a variety of senior leadership rolesin education as a headteacher, school governor, inspector and consultant. His first book, Roll of Honour: Schooling and the Great War, 1914-1919 (Pen & Sword, 2015) looks at how children and teachers in British schools were affected by the First World War, and how they in turn supported the national war effort. Teachers at the Front, 1914-1919 (Pen & Sword, 2020) develops further the story of teacher-soldiers from British and Dominion teacher training colleges who fought and died in the conflict.