Army Childhood: British Army Children's Lives and Times (Paperback)

British Army Children's Lives and Times

By Clare Gibson

Shire Publications, 9780747810995, 56pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 2012



An army childhood is a peripatetic childhood. Taking the Napoleonic Wars as its starting point, Army Childhood sheds light on such crucial aspects of the army-child experience as the places that the children of British Army soldiers have called home, and on how they have been transported, housed, cared for, educated and entertained after the army assumed responsibility for their welfare.

This informative and evocatively illustrated book will appeal to those interested in British military history's social side, and to those seeking to understand what life was like for an erstwhile army-child ancestor. It is also essential reading for those who were once themselves 'barrack rats', 'pads' brats', or 'army brats', in whom it is guaranteed to arouse nostalgic memories.

About the Author

Clare Gibson is a writer, editor, historian, and one-time army child. She is the founder of The Army Children Archive (, a website the chronicles the history of British army children from the seventeenth century to the present.