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)

Seminars organised – History:
2010; 2012 Postgraduate Seminar Series, Queen’s University Belfast (co-organiser)

Historical Research Projects:
2014-17 UK & Ireland – Independent Research (funded)
2009-13 Queen’s University Belfast – Doctoral Research (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

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: 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 and to the BDSHS in 2015.



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

Book Chapters

“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, 2016)

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘Victims or survivors: army wives in Ireland during the Crimean War, 1854-6 in Women’s History Review, Women’s History Network annual conference special edition (Summer, 2016)

‘British Military Recruitment in Ireland during the Crimean War, 1854-56’ in British Journal of Military History, ii, issue 1 (Oct. 2015), pp 34-55

'The Society of Friends in Ireland and the Crimean War, 1854-6’ in Quaker History, 102, no. 2 (Fall 2013), pp 1-11

Other Journals

A welcome homecoming: the reception of Irish invalided soldiers during the Crimean War’ by Dublin Historical Record (Spring, 2017)

‘The Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Rev G.H. Johnston and the Crimean War’ by The Bulletin, lx (2016), pp 35-46

‘A history of a Crimean War charity: the Seaton Needlework Association and its fund, 1858 to 2014’, War Correspondent, xxxii, no. 3 (Sept. 2015), pp 7-9

‘The Crimean War experience of G. H. Johnston, the Irish Presbyterians’ first army chaplain’ in Irish Sword, no. 118 (Winter 2014), pp 325-31

“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 2014), pp 6-18

‘Augustus Stafford O’Brien Stafford MP: contested hero of the Crimean War’ in Old Limerick Journal, xliv (Winter 2012), pp 54-6

‘Four-legged troopers: the stories of three memorialised Irish animals of the Crimean War, 1854-6’ in Scoláire Staire, ii, issue 4 (October 2012), pp 8-15

‘The Revd Charles Josiah Hort: heroic deeds beyond the battlefield’ in Irish Sword, xxix, no. 113 (Summer 2012), pp 299-302

Electronic Publications

Blog posts:
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://womenshistory
association.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/


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