My Books and Articles


Portsmouth’s First World War Heroes (November 2013, The History Press).

Based on my research into more than 6,000 servicemen from Portsmouth who were killed during the Great War, this book tells the story of the men who died at Jutland, who fought on the Western Front, and at Gallipoli and other theatres. This research is based on extensive use of primary sources, to build a picture of Portsmouth society in 1914-18, and how it was affected by losses sustained during the conflict.

Portsmouth’s Second World War Heroes (2012, The History Press).

Based on my research into the 2,549 servicemen and women from Portsmouth who were killed between 1939 and 1947, this book reveals the stories of individuals, ships, units, campaigns and battles. Many of these stories have never been told before, and are based on extensive original research in local and national archives, and the recollections of comrades and family members.

Articles Published

‘Experts Choice’ in ‘Best Websites’, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, November 2012 (Issue 66)

‘Researching a Red Beret’, Britain at War Magazine, February 2009

‘George Stebbing (1775-1847) and Joseph Rankin Stebbing (1809-1874): Two lives examined’, Southampton Local History Forum Journal, Winter 2008 click here to read

‘George Stebbing (1775-1847): an instrument maker in early nineteenth century Portsmouth Society’, University of Portsmouth unpublished dissertation, 2005 (available to read at Portsmouth Museum and Record Office and the University of Portsmouth Library, or contact me for a digital copy)

Comments on my Blog Articles

How timely was James Daly’s recent series of articles concerning whether or not Great Britain could mount another Falkland’s style operations in the modern era!.. Concerning James Daly’s excellent series “Falkland’s then and now…” – Mike Burleson, Author of ‘New Wars’ and webmaster of the New Wars blog.

Daly History – Where the past meets the present (sorry to nick you tagline James) is a diverse series of superbly researched articles on various historic and contemporary military related subjectsoming Articles – Feedback from the webmaster of Think Defence.

I also have magazine articles forthcoming on:

  • Motor Torpedo Boats on D-Day
  • The British Army of the Rhine during the Cold War
  • Bombing decoys during World War Two
  • The sinking of SS Laconia and Researching you Navy ancestors
  • a profile of a re-enactment group focussing on the Battle of Arnhem
  • George James Stebbing: Darwin’s instrument maker

Other work

I have also written a ‘brief History of Portsmouth’ and accompanying timeline to be published as part of the city’s official tourism literature.

In 2008 I was asked to write a briefing paper on the career of Harry Redknapp. This was used heavily by the Leader of Portsmouth City Council in his speech at Harry Redknapp’s Freedom of the City Ceremony.

In 2004 I was asked to research and write a report on options for developing a heritage and culture project area for Portsmouth City Council’s Youth Service. I also wrote a report that led to the creation of a city-wide Youth Parliament to represent young people.

9 responses to “My Books and Articles

  1. given your interest in the falkland isles suggest you look at the timeline of naval movements and mobilisation orders particularly from gibralter.hms glamorgan could be useful. it could explain why henry leach was not given an honour by thatcher

    • James Daly

      Sounds interesting, I must admit it’s not an issue that I am aware of. Come to think of it it is intriguing that the FSL who was instrumental in the war didn’t receive any kind of honour above and beyong what FSL’s are usually given ‘with the rations’ anyway. I always thought that he was well thought of by Thatcher?

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