About me




I am a postdoctoral researcher interested in war and society, principally within the British Empire. I received my BA and MA from University College Dublin in 2008 and 2009 respectively and from 2009 to 2013 I conducted my doctoral research at Queen's University Belfast under Professors Peter Gray and Keith Jeffery. I received my doctorate in 2014.

Areas of expertise

My expertise comprises Ireland and the Crimean War specifically and military welfare (philanthropy and charity) and care in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain and Ireland generally. My broader research interest is war and society in the modern era, with a specific focus on Ireland and Britain within the broader context of the British Empire, including recruitment, memorialisation and army wives.


Crimean War; military charity; British Army wives; recruitment; war memorials; war and society; Irish language

Member Details

Full Name

Paul Huddie (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



• 2009-13, Queen's University Belfast, PhD Modern History
• 2008-9, University College Dublin, MA Modern European History
• 2005-8, University College Dublin, BA History and Politics


• 2017, Maynooth University
• 2015-17, University of West London
• 2015, University College Cork
• 2009-15, Queen's University Belfast
• 2004-12, Irish Army Reserve

Consultancy work

• 2016, Adare Productions Ltd (for TG4's An Lá a Rugadh Mé)
• 2016, Sweathearts community engagement project (Wiltshire, UK)
• 2014, Portlaoise Local History Group (re: town’s Crimean cannon)
• 2012, National Museum of Ireland (re: ‘Dick Bird’ exhibition)

• 2015, Canadian descendant (re: Augustus Stafford O’Brien, MP)
• 2013, English local historian (re: Augustus Stafford O’Brien, MP)
• 2012, English descendant (re: the Rev. Charles Josiah Hort)

Management & Administrative experience

Conferences organised – History:
• 2017, Southern Irish Loyalists conference, Maynooth University, Ireland (co-organiser)
• 2017, West London Local History Conference, The University of West London (co-organiser)
• 2016, West London Local History Conference, The University of West London (co-organiser)
• 2015, IAPH History and Heritage Academic Conference, Queen’s University Belfast (co-organiser)

Historical Research Projects:
• 2014- , UK & Ireland – Independent Research (part funded)
• 2009-13, Queen’s University Belfast – Doctoral Research (fully funded)


2016-17, University of West London
• Part-Time Lecturer
• History of Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, and Social Policy
2010-15, Queen’s University Belfast
• University Tutor
- Nineteenth-century Ireland
- History methodologies and contested histories
2008 – 2012 Irish Reserve Defence Forces
• Instructor

Outreach activities

I have also worked as a Research Officer at Maynooth University and University of West London

Committees & Associations

Executive Member:
• International Society for First World War Studies
• Voluntary Action History Society


• 2017, Society for the Social History of Medicine
Conference Bursary to present paper at the EAHMH conference at Bucharest, Romania
• 2017; 2016, British Association of Victorian Studies
Research Grant to research British Army in Ireland and present paper at New York
• 2016, Society for Nautical Research
Anderson Bequest Grant to research and publish on Royal Naval Coast Volunteers, 1853-73
• 2015, Women’s History Network
Travel Grant to present paper at Banktock House, Wolverhampton
• 2015, Women’s History Association of Ireland
Travel Grant to present paper at Maynooth University
• 2014, Women’s History Association of Ireland
Anna Parnell Travel Prize to present paper at Home Front conference at University of Worcester
• 2011; 2012; 2013, School of History and Anthropology (QUB)
Postgraduate Travel Grant to present research at Sunderland, Belgium and the Netherlands
• 2013, Royal Historical Society
Travel Grant to present paper at On the Edge conference at Vancouver, Canada
• 2013, Crimean War Research Society
President’s Trophy for best lecture at the society’s AGM
• 2009-2013, Dublin City Council
Fully Funded Research Studentship to undertake PhD

Other activities

• Media work: Experience to date conducting radio and television interviews in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

• Conferencing: Papers presented on various aspects of Ireland and the Crimean War and the history of British military welfare and the army wife presented at conference in Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America.

• Lecturing: Public talks given to Old Dublin Society and Crimean War Research Society in 2013; as part of Dublin City Council's Festival of History in 2014; to the BDS Historical Society in 2015; at Valence House Museum, London and at Cranbrook (Private) School in 2016; and as part of Heritage Week (Laois) and Culture Night (Dublin) in 2017



2015, The Crimean War and Irish Society (Liverpool University Press)

Book Chapters

2016, “That woe could wish, or vanity devise’: Crimean War memorials in Dublin’s Anglican churches’ in Ciarán Wallace and Lisa-Marie Griffin (eds), Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1650-2000 (Four Court Press), ch. 4.

Peer Reviewed Journals

• 2017, ‘Victims or survivors: army wives in Ireland during the Crimean War, 1854-6’ in Women’s History Review, xxvi, issue 4 (Apr.), pp 541-54
• 2015, ‘British Military Recruitment in Ireland during the Crimean War, 1854-56’ in British Journal of Military History, ii, issue 1 (Oct.), pp 34-55
• 2013, 'The Society of Friends in Ireland and the Crimean War, 1854-6’ in Quaker History, 102, no. 2 (Fall), pp 1-11

Other Journals

• 2018, Dublin, the Viceroy, and the soldiers ofthe Crimean War’, Irish Sword, No. 125 (Summer), pp 268-80
• 2016, ‘The Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Rev G.H. Johnston and the Crimean War’ in The Bulletin, lx, pp 35-41
• 2015, ‘A history of a Crimean War charity: the Seaton Needlework Association and its fund, 1858 to 2014’, War Correspondent, xxxii, no. 3 (Sept.), pp 7-9
• 2014, ‘The Crimean War experience of G. H. Johnston, the Irish Presbyterians’ first army chaplain’ in Irish Sword, no. 118 (Winter), pp 325-31
• 2014, “Removing some big guns’: the story of Dublin’s Crimean War trophy guns from 1857 to the present’ in Dublin Historical Record, lxvii, no. 1 (Spring), pp 6-18

• 2012, ‘Augustus Stafford O’Brien Stafford MP: contested hero of the Crimean War’ in Old Limerick Journal, xliv (Winter), pp 54-6
• 2012, ‘Four-legged troopers: the stories of three memorialised Irish animals of the Crimean War, 1854-6’ in Scoláire Staire, ii, issue 4 (Oct.), pp 8-15
• 2012, ‘The Revd Charles Josiah Hort: heroic deeds beyond the battlefield’ in Irish Sword, xxix, no. 113 (Summer), pp 299-302

Electronic Publications

Blog posts:
• 2017, Fighting over the scraps of the Union: the cases of two four-nations court battles over ‘Irish’ military charities 1923-9 at https://fournationshistory.wordpress.com/
• 2016, ‘Unparalleled unity’?: four nations approach to ‘British’ conflicts, the armed forces and society at https://fournationshistory.wordpress.com/
• 2015, ‘The Irish army wife: a brief case study’ at http://womenshistoryassociation.com /blog/the-irish-army-wife-a-brief-case-study/

Online Articles:
• 2015, ‘Royal Naval Coast Volunteers, Ireland and the Crimean War’ at http://porttowns.port.ac.uk/rncv/
• 2014, ‘The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, County Dublin Division, 1914: a case study’ at http://www.voicesofwarandpeace.org/portfolio/ssfa/


Andrew C. Rath, The Crimean War in Imperial context, 1854-1856 in Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research (Spring 2017).