Past Competition Winners

The Templer Medal

Templer Medal Book Prize

2019 : Fighting the People's War: The British & Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War by Jonathan Fennell. Cambridge University Press.

2018 : 'Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper' by Helen Parr. (Allen Lane/Penguin)

2017 : 'Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815' by John Hussey. Greenhill Books (2 volumes).

2016 : ‘Early Modern Systems of Command: Queen Anne's Generals, Staff Officers & the Direction of Allied Warfare in the Low Countries and Germany, 1702-1711’ by Stewart Stansfield. Published by Helion & Co.

2015 : Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace by Rory Muir. Published by Yale University Press.

2014 : National Service: A Generation in Uniform, 1945-1963 by Richard Vinen. Published by Allen Lane.

2013 : Monty’s Men by John Buckley. Published by Yale University Press.

2012 : A Military History of Scotland by Edward Spiers, Jeremy Crang & Matthew Strickland. Published by Edinburgh University Press.

2011 : Soldiers, by Richard Holmes (posthumously). Published by Harper Press.

2010 : The Medical War: British military medicine in the First World War by Mark Harrison. Published by Oxford University Press.

2009 : Bloody Victory: the sacrifice of the Somme and the making of the twentieth century by William Philpott. Published by Little Brown.

2008 : Douglas Haig and the First World War by J. P. Harris. Published by Cambridge University Press.

2006 : Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier by Keith Jeffery. Published by Oxford University Press.

2005 : Military Identities: The Regimental System, the British Army, and the British People, c.1870–2000 by David French. Published by Oxford University Press.

2004 : Medicine and Victory: British military medicine in the Second World War by Mark Harrison. Published by Oxford University Press.

2003 : Phoenix from the Ashes: The Indian Army in the Burma Campaign by Daniel P. Marston. Published by Praeger.

2002 : The British General Staff: Reform and Innovation by (edited) David French & Brian Holden Reid. Published by Frank Cass Publishers.

2000 : Raising Churchill's Army: The British Army and War against Germany 1919-45 by David French. Published by Oxford University Press.

1999 : British Military Intelligence in the Crimean War, 1854-1856 by Stephen M. Harris. Published by Frank Cass.

1998 : British Logistics on the Western Front, 1914-1919 by Ian Malcolm Brown. Published by Praeger.

1997 : Small arms of the East India Company, 1600-1856, Vols 1 and 2 by David Harding. Published by Foresight Books.

1996 : The English Ordnance Office, 1585-1625: a case study in bureaucracy by Richard W. Stewart. Published by the Boydell Press for the Royal Historical Society.

1995 : British Victory in Egypt 1801: The End of Napoleon's Conquest by Piers Mackesy. Published by Routledge

1993 : To Long Tan: The Australian Army and the Vietnam War 1950-1966 by Ian McNeill. Published by Allen and Unwin in association with the Australian War Memorial.

1992 : Politics and Military Morale: Current-Affairs and Citizenship Education in the British Army 1914-1950 by S.P. Mackenzie. Published by the Clarendon Press.

1991 : The Crimean Doctors. A History of the British Medical Service in the Crimean War by John Shepherd. Published by Liverpool University Press.

1990 : British Counterinsurgency 1919-60 by Thomas R. Mockaitis. Published by Macmillan in association with King's College, London.

1988 : Kitchener's Army: The Raising of New Armies 1914-16 by Peter Simkins. Published by Manchester University Press,

1987 : The British Army of William III by John Childs. Published by Manchester University Press.

1986 : Monty: The Field Marshal 1944-1976 by Nigel Hamilton. Published by Hamish Hamilton.

1985 : From Waterloo to Balaclava: Tactics, Technology and the British Army 1815-1854 by Hew Strachan. Published by Cambridge University Press.

1984 : The British Army and Theory of Armored Warfare 1918-1940 by Robert H. Larson. Published by Associated University Press.

1983 : For the sake of Example: Capital Courts-Martial 1914-1920 by Anthony Babington. Published by Associated University Press.

1982 : A History of the British Cavalry, Volume 3: 1872-1898 by Marquess of Anglesey. Published by Leo Cooper in association with Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd.

1981 : Fit for Service: The Training of the British Army 1715-1795 by J.A. Houlding. Published by the Clarendon Press.

Templer Best First Book Prize

2019 : The Veterans' Tale: British Military Memoirs of the Second World War by Frances Houghton. Cambridge University Press.

2018 : 'Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army 1914-18' by Aimée Fox. Published by Cambridge University Press.

2017 : 'The Fear of Invasion: Strategy, Politics, and British War Planning, 1880-1914' by David G. Morgan-Owen. Published by Oxford University Press

2016 : 'Till the Trumpet Sounds Again: The Scots Guards 1914-19 in Their Own Words' by Randall Nicol. Published by Helion & Co.

2015 : 'High Command: British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars' by Major-General Christopher Elliott. Published by Hurst.

2014 : 'Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of British Armed Forces during the Seven Years War' by Dr Erica Charters. Published by Chicago University Press.

SAHR Essay Prize Competition

2020 : Winner (Lockdown Bonus Competition) James Mair (Marple Sixth Form College)
An Exploration of Limited War Strategies: British Operations on the North American Continent 1812-1815

2020 : Winner Schools Vivekaditya Sapru (University of Toronto Schools, Canada)
'Terror in the Tropics: An Analysis of the British Army’s Counter-insurgency Success in Malaya, 1948-1960'

2020 : Winner Undergraduate Oliver Zwirtz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany)
'The British strategy in the American Revolutionary War during the command of General William Howe'

2020 : Runner-up (Lockdown Bonus Competition) Ines Mubgar-Spencer (St Paul's Girls' School)
To What Extent Did The New Model Army Change the Course of the English Civil War?

2020 : Runner-up Schools William Crane (Oundle School, UK)
'Vietnam’s forgotten war: Operation Masterdom, the British occupation of Vietnam 1945-46'

2020 : Runner-up Undergraduate Zeb Micic (University of St Andrews, UK)
'Recognising service in Wellington’s Army'

2019 : Winner Walter Jeremy Kingsley-Filshie (City of London School)
‘Trial by Fire: British Army Centurion Tanks on the Korean Peninsula’

2019 : Runner-up Rosie Knighton (The Leys School)
‘To what extent was Sir Douglas Haig the most successful British theatre commander in the integration of technology into operational planning in the period from the Crimean War to the defeat of Imperial Japan (1853-1945)?’

2018 : Winner Schools Zeb Micic (Dulwich College)
The Victoria Cross: Its formation and evolution

2018 : Winner Undergraduate Jake Gasson (King's College London)
Learning Lessons? Fifth Army Tank Operations, 1916-1917

2018 : Runner-up Schools Adam Down (Home Schooled)
The Scots Greys At The Battle of Waterloo

2018 : Runner-up Undergraduate Benjamin Sharkey (University of Birmingham)
What was the role of British Military costume in creating a visual empire?

2016 : Winner Undergraduate Samuel Wallace (York)
Stirrups to Steering Wheels: The Issues of Cavalry Mechanisation in the Interwar Period'

2016 : Winner Schools Freddie Hyde (Sale Grammar School)
‘Who was responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade?’

2016 : Runner-up Undergraduate Miranda Harrison (Oxford)
Adult Education and Social Transformation in the British Army during the 2WW’

2016 : Runner-up Schools Joshua Cole (Woodbridge School)
‘Was Sir Redvers Buller right to be judged as a poor officer?'

2015 : Winner Undergraduate Matthew Mallia (University of Malta)
‘Galloping at everything’: Wellington and the British Heavy Cavalry charge at Waterloo

2015 : Runner-up Undergraduate Eamonn O’Keeffe (Merton College, University of Oxford)
‘Such Want of Gentlemanly Conduct’: The General Court Martial of Lt John de Hertel

2014 : Winner Undergraduate Filip Kurowski (University of Birmingham)
Wandering in the Desert: What kind of difficulties did the British Army encounter during the North African Campaign 1940-1943?

2014 : Winner Schools Toby Clark (Bloxham School))
An investigation into the wartime experiences of three generations of the Cartwright family

2014 : Runner-up Undergraduate Christopher Batt (University of Birmingham)
To what extent was the Allied victory in the Peninsular War due to the performance of the Duke of Wellington and his British troops?

2014 : Honourable Mention Schools Shakil Karim (Harrow School)
To what extent did the Battle of Jutland change the course of the blockade of Germany in the North Sea?

2013 : Winner Undergraduate Alice Parker (University of Liverpool)
To what extent were the officers and men of Wellington’s army responsible for the negative image of Britain’s role in the Peninsular War (1808-1814), that has to a very large extent held sway in Spain right down to the current era?

2013 : Winner Schools Lucy Richardson (Woodbridge School)
To what extent was Douglas Haig a bad General?

2013 : Runner-up Undergraduate Liam Davison (University of East Anglia)
‘Wilderness of Warfare?’ To what extent can it be argued that conventional military tactics failed in the Anglo-French war in North America 1754-1760?

2013 : Runner-up Schools Vinura Abeysekera (Gateway College, Sri Lanka)
History of the British Army: Evolution of the British Raj and the British Indian Army

2012 : Winner Christopher Cottrell-Mason (Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge)
How far did the British security forces help bring about a solution to ‘the Troubles’ in Ireland?

2012 : Runner-up James Vitali (Sherborne School)
The British Army and D-Day: Why were the British Forces more successful than the Americans on the day?

2011 : Winner Scott Ansell (New College, University of Oxford)
Trench raiding in the First World War: A misunderstood practice

2011 : Runner-up James O’Riordan (Woodbridge School)
Has the threat to British soldiers increased since World War II?

2009 : Winner Christopher Choy (University of Kent)
Last stand on the Imjin River: Could the loss of the 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment have been averted?

2009 : Runner-up Jordan Emery (Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College)
An ‘Entente Cordiale’? Franco-British Military relations from 1850 to 1904

Prize for Military Fiction

2019 : 'The Passage to India' (Winner) by Allan Mallinson. The latest instalment in his Mathew Hervey series of novels.

2019 : 'Major Tom's War' (Runner-up) by Vee Walker. Her debut novel, about an officer of Indian cavalry during the Great War.