I am a fourth year PhD student, funded by the AHRC Heritage Consortium. My PhD thesis is entitled 'Military Identitification: Identity Discs and the Administration of Death 1907-21'. I am based in the Department of History at the University of Huddersfield, and co-supervised in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford.
My thesis investigates the international development of identity discs, tags and plates during the 19th Century; the impact of the 1906 Geneva Convention on military systems for identification of the dead and wounded; British, French & German identity discs used during the First World War; British military burial traditions; Fabian Ware and the administration of fallen soldiers; and the archaeological recovery and identification of fallen soldiers today.
I am an officer on the General Committee for the British Commission for Military History, and the co-ordinator of the Modern Conflict Research Symposium series (www.modernconflictresearch.wordpress.com). I am a deployable team member for Kenyon International Emergency services, and a volunteer archaeologist with Operation Nightingale and Breaking Ground Heritage.
To read about German identification tags, please see my article 'Erkennungsmarke' in issue 2 of the Iron Cross Magazine (available to buy on their website).
My article 'Military Identification: Identity Discs and the Identification of British War Dead, 1914-18' was published in the British Journal for Military History in March 2020.