Front cover of William B. Meloney's 1919 guide for veterans


The Returning Soldier is a collaborative network looking at the figure of the returning soldier or veteran from the ancient world to the modern day. It looks at how they coped with the experience of returning home, and how they were received and perceived by the people and communities they returned to.


The network currently involved scholars working in History, English, and Art History at Manchester Metropolitan University, Leicester University, Birkbeck University of London, Warwick University, King's College London, and the National Universit of Ireland Maynooth.  


If you would like to join The Returning Soldier Network or hear more about its activities, please email the network leader Dr Kathryn Hurlock on 



The Returning Soldier Symposium 


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