10:15 - 11:00

The British Expeditionary Force sustained huge casualties in 1914 but what is often not fully understood is just how many of these men became prisoners of war. Using contemporary accounts and drawing on his own extensive knowledge and personal archive of the men of 1914, Paul Nixon will outline both the fate of the BEF and give pointers on how to research your own First World War prisoner of war.

Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon has been immersed in British military history from a young age and is thankful that, as a teenager, he hopped onto his bicycle and scoured the old people’s homes of Chelmsford (where he lived), and Loughborough (where he studied), looking for First World War veterans to interview. Today, he is the (alleged) military expert at Findmypast and an avid enthusiast for, and collector of, all things military. The last time he checked, he was happily married and the father of three children.