On 5 July 2016, I spoke about the Battle of the Somme at an Oldie Literary Lunch. On the following day the Daily Mail ran a piece that purported to be a report of comments that I made about Dan Snow’s contribution to a television programme on the battle. The comments attributed to me were simply not accurate. I have addressed the matter privately with Dan Snow, who has responded with great dignity and kindness. I am pleased to say that he is interviewing me for his ‘History Hit’ podcast which will be made available shortly.
Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed by the actions of the newspaper. As well as having an adverse impact on myself, they have also harmed a man for whom I have professional respect.
Ultimately, what is important is educating the public on all levels about the battle and remembering all those who took part, those who were lost, and those who survived.
7 July 2016