Author, historian, biographer and obituarist
Peter Hore served worldwide during a full career in the Royal Navy, retiring as a Captain RN in 2000. He spent nine years in the film and TV industry, and is now a fulltime speaker, author, editor and journalist.
His naval career as logistics specialist included exchange service in the United States Navy, and two tours of duty in NATO’s Standing Naval Force Atlantic, and he qualified as an interpreter in Spanish and Swedish, and as a Cantonese linguist. During the 1982 Falklands War he was the Joint Logistics Commander on Ascension Island, and he has since helped to direct the Royal Navy’s applied research programme (1992-94) and headed its non-technical research programme (1997-2000).
His last appointment in uniform was as Head of Defence Studies during the British government’s 1998 Strategic Defence Review, when he was responsible for researching defence doctrine and operational concepts, and facilitating the exchange of views between the defence-academic community and the Ministry of Defence’s central and naval staffs.
He was chief executive of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund 2000-2009.
A freelance obituarist at the London Daily Telegraph since 2002, he has written over 1,200 obituaries on the men and women of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and the Merchant Navy, but also on the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, the French Resistance, yachtsmen, shipping magnates, and many others.
Peter writes op-eds and features for several newspapers and journals including the influential Warships International Fleet Review. He has written or edited more than a dozen books on naval history, biography and strategy: he explains how he became a historian on the Global Maritime History website.
Peter is regularly invited as a cruise lecturer with Noble Caledonia and Jon Baines Travel, has spoken at the Hay Festival, and given numerous public talks.
He is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Society for Nautical Research, and of the Royal Swedish Society for Nautical Sciences, as well as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Linguists.