Biography

After Oxford University and the RMA Sandhurst, Christopher Joll spent six years as an officer in The Life Guards. On leaving the Army, he worked for the next thirty-five years in and around the City.

From his earliest days, Christopher has written articles, features, short stories and reportage. In 2012 he wrote the text for Uniquely British: A Year in the Life of the Household Cavalry; in 2018, he published The Drum Horse in the Fountain: Tales of the Heroes & Rogues in the Guards; and, in 2020, Spoils of War: The Treasures, Trophies & Trivia of the British Empire. He is also the author of the fifteen-volume military-historical/action-adventure series, The Speedicut Saga, and has recently completed for publication in 2021 Don’t Exist, Live!, the memoirs of the former soldier, double-amputee and World Para-bobsleigh champion, Corie Mapp.

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Since leaving the Army in 1975, Christopher has been involved in devising and managing charity fund-raising events including the Household Cavalry Pageant (2007), the Chelsea Pageant (2008), the British Military Tournament (2010-2013), the Gurkha Bicentenary Pageant (2015), the Waterloo Bicentenary National Service of Commemoration & Parade at St Paul’s Cathedral (2015), and the royal premiere of The Great War Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall (2018), for which he edited an hour long ‘backing’ video using Imperial War Museum archive footage.

When not writing or directing ‘military theatre’, Christopher is a video podcaster on the YouTube channel and a Trustee of The Art Fund Prize for Museums, for whom he writes, directs and presents a series of short YouTube videos collectively titled: Thinking Outside the Box. He is also the Regimental Historian of the Household Cavalry.

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Articles

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Marengo ’s Hooves

Marengo ’s Hooves

Marengo 's Hooves.In its long history, the Horse Guards building has been the venue for many historical events including, most recently, one on the afternoon of Saturday 24th September 2016. The backstory of this latest event starts on the night of 24th August, 1799, in Alexandria, Egypt, ...
Nelson and Bath

Nelson and Bath

On 21st October 1805, William Holburne, one of Bath’s greatest benefactors, was an eleven-year old Midshipman on board HMS Orion, which was about to join battle with the French Fleet off Cape Trafalgar. As Holburne’s ship closed with the enemy battleship, Intrepide, his Admiral’s wife, Frances,
The Militant Wing of the Garrick Club

The Militant Wing of the Garrick Club

There is an oft told story of an elderly Garrick member surveying the Club’s notice board. On spotting the summer reciprocal hospitality list he saw that the Guards Club had joined the usual list of clubs whose members the Garrick welcomed over the holidays. “Oh, dear! Oh, dear!” the elderly ...
Bath’s Cannon that Roar No More

Bath’s Cannon that Roar No More

As town and cities go, Bath – despite having been home until recently to several Ministry of Defence establishments - is known for its waters, its social history and its architecture rather than its bellicosity. There is no military museum in Bath and, when it came to the erection of a memorial
Silent Warriors

Silent Warriors

In the course of reading for review (and pleasure) Saul David’s latest and most excellent book, SBS: Silent Warriors, the first authorised account of the famous amphibious commando unit, I realised that, although I was born three years after the end of the events described, I have personal ...

Author Interview

Christopher Joll

Christopher Joll

What first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?I write about subjects and periods of history that interest me – and only those. To be specific, I am intrigued by the period post-Waterloo to the 1950s and, in particular, the ‘small wars of Empire’.On the whole I don’t choose my subjects – they choose me. For example, I was inspired to ...