Rupert Hague-Holmes

Location: St Brelade Jersey
About The Speaker...

I obtained a degree in Law & Politics from the University of Durham, before qualifying, and practising, as a solicitor in both private practice and in industry. I work currently for a large North American bank and live in Jersey, Channel Islands. My training as a lawyer means I have a strong attention to detail and accuracy and this is reflected in the quality of the talks I deliver.

I have written articles about, and given presentations on, the Battle of Arnhem 1944 and the British Army’s involvement in the Korean War. My particular interest is post-WW2 conflicts involving the British Army. I have spoken at The Chalke Valley History Festival ( I am working currently on a biography of Lt General Sir George Lea, one of the leading British post WW2 counter insurgency specialists.

About Their Talks...

I can deliver a range of talks on military history topics, both in person or online. I prefer to present with slides but am happy to talk without slides. I always like to leave time for questions and answers since that enables the audience (and me) to learn more about the subject I am speaking about.


I charge £150 for an online session of up to an hour. I charge £300 for a physical presentation of up to an hour. Any additional time over an hour is subject to negotiation on cost. If I need to travel from Jersey, I will cover my own travel expenses.

My Contact Details:

07839 187626

With a Steely Charm - The Life and Times of Lt General Sir George Lea

This talk looks at the life story of probably the least well known post WW2 British counter-insurgency specialist. George Lea came from a leading Kidderminster carpet family and rose to the rank of Lieutenant General with a knighthood. His pre WW2 service in The Lancashire Fusiliers included postings to colonial China and India, before joining the fledgling Airborne Forces, serving in the Middle East, Italy and at the Battle of Arnhem in Sept 1944. After the war, he was a surprise choice to command 22 SAS in the Malayan jungle and from that unqualified success, his career never looked back. Using his Malayan experience, Lea play a key part as Director of Operations in the latter stages of the bitter Indonesian Confrontation and his final role as Defence Attaché in Washington was to soothe UK/USA relations, at the height of the Vietnam War. A man of principle and integrity, he was a natural leader unlucky not to have gone to the head of the British Army.
My book on George Lea will be published in 2024 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem.

“We Must Take Castle Site” - the award of the Victoria Cross to Lt Philip Curtis at the Battle of Imjin River, April 1951

This talk covers the actions of A Company 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment at the Battle of Imjin River in April 1951. The Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War”. The stand of the Gloucestershire Regiment against the Chinese Army in Korea in April 1951 gave the regiment the sobriquet “The Glorious Glosters” and ranks as one of the least well known of the British Army’s glorious defeats.

Philip Curtis was a young Lieutenant, on attachment to the GLOSTERS, from The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. This is the story of his gallantry during the first phase of the Battle in the early morning of Monday 23 April 1951. His bravery was not in vain, although the position held by A Company was overrun, his action doubtless saved many of his colleagues lives…..

A story of duty, honour, bravery and personal sadness.

Testimonials & Reviews

“Recently Rupert Hague-Holmes gave a presentation for a charity about Gibraltar that I am involved with. The topic was “The Rock of Gibraltar – a proud and long military association with UK”
It was first class – he had researched the subject in depth and delivered a 30-minute presentation at a Festival without notes. The audience were much impressed with the clarity and content. Whilst in depth, he outlined what he would be covering at the beginning, stuck to it and kept the topic moving along well. The audience of about 50 clearly enjoyed it. He handled questions well – some were quite difficult.
We were pleased to sign up new members for the charity because of his excellent efforts.
We very much appreciated his impressive support and have asked him to undertake a similar one next year!”

Commodore Richard Lord CBE Royal Navy (Rtd) – August 2022


“Good speaker – very clear and knew his subject matter thoroughly!

Thank you.”

Catherine – August 2022


“I attended the Chalke Valley History Festival again this summer and this was one of the lectures that I went to. It was interesting and his interaction with the audience was particularly good. People who had just wandered in by chance were listening and asking questions by the end!”

Anne – November 2022



Rupert Hague-Holmes Contact Details:

07839 187626

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