Jon Latimer (1964 – 4
January 2009) was an historian and writer based in Wales.
books include Operation Compass 1940
(Osprey, 2001), Deception in War
(John Murray, 2001), Alamein
(John Murray, 2002),
Burma: The Forgotten War
(John Murray, 2004) and 1812:
War with America
(Harvard University Press, 2007) which won a
Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History
and was shortlisted for the George Washington Book
Prestatyn, Wales Latimer was educated at Christleton County
High School, Chester.
for a geography degree at University College, Swansea but switched course to graduate in
He worked as an oceanographer until becoming a
full-time writer in 1997.
In 2003 he became an honorary research fellow at his alma
(by this time Swansea University) and was appointed as a
part-time lecturer in History at on the BA (Hons) degree scheme
'War and Society'. He was also a guest lecturer at the Joint
Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham.
Latimer was an enthusiastic part-time soldier. Originally enlisting
as a sapper
in the Royal Monmouthshire
was commissioned in 1986 into the 3rd Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers
, Territorial Army
. He spent
periods attached to regular battalions in Northern Ireland (1989),
Australia (1991–2) and as an intelligence officer (1992–3).
Latimer died following a heart attack in January 2009.
- "Times" obituary