Simon Doughty was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1976, retiring from the Army in 2009 in the rank of colonel. He is a graduate of the Army Staff College, Camberley, and undertook a Defence Fellowship at Kings College, London, gaining an MA in War Studies in 1997. He now edits The Guards Magazine and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He has collaborated with the photographer James Kerr on two photographic and textural studies of the First World War landscape: Silent Landscape – Western Front (2016), and Silent Landscape – Gallipoli (2018), published by Helion Books. His book on The Guards Regiments during The First World War, The Guards Came Through, was published by Third Millennium (An imprint of Profile Books Ltd) in 2016.