Dr Simon Harold Walker

Focus West School Partnership Officer

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Dr Simon Harold Walker is a Military Historian and Historical Suicidologist. He is an associate researcher within the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare currently researching the history of British military suicide in the twentieth century. He has published articles on the history of disease control in the military, the role of chaplains in the medical corps, a chapter on military suicide in the First World War, written pieces on suicide and military culture for Time and The Independent, and his first monograph War Bodies was published in 2020. Simon also works within Widening Access as a part of FOCUS West, as well as having worked as a part time tutor, lecturer, and supervisor for both the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University. Selected Publications: Walker S. Silent Voices: A Long Century of British Military Suicide: 1900 – 2020 (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023), (Under contract; submission in 2023) Walker S. "There were none of that!" Bullied British Soldiers in the First World War, Critical Military Studies (2021) Walker S. Physical Control, Transformation, and Damage in the First World War: War Bodies (London: Bloomsbury, 2020). Walker, S. ‘Silent Voices: British Soldier Suicides in the First World War.’ Da Silver, H. (ed.) Hecatombs of War, (Stern: Peter Lang, 2019), pp.25-55. Walker S. ‘The Greater Good: Agency and Inoculation in the British Army 1914-1918’ Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 36.1 (2019), pp. 131-157. Walker S. 'Synthesizing Super Soldiers' Pulse: The Journal of Science and Culture (2019), pp.17-31. Walker, S. ‘Saving Bodies and Souls - To what extent were Army Chaplains an Important part of Medical Care in the First World War?’, Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities, 3 (2016), pp 24-38. If We Want to Address the Crisis of Veteran Suicide, We Must Acknowledge Its History” Time Magazine (2019), https://time.com/5670036/veteran-suicide-history/


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