Summary: Dr John Ellis
School of Humanities
John developed his interest in history while serving with the Royal Navy.
Away at sea, he took an A-level by correspondence course and found
himself fascinated by the English Civil War. Now retired, he has graduated
from the University of Southampton with a PhD; his thesis covers military
intelligence during the early stages of the conflict, 1642-46.
"I have mixed feelings about completing my studies. There's relief and
achievement of course, but finishing my research has left a gap in my life
which I am now looking to fill by writing books," he says. "Above all, the
three years of the PhD was great fun. I'll admit it wasn't as challenging as
my first command of a warship but it was certainly as demanding and
rewarding as my second command!"
John joined the Navy in 1965 and soon found himself at sea after initial
training at Dartmouth. During his time in the Navy, his ships took him to
the Mediterranean, the West Indies and America, Singapore, Hong Kong,
Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and other islands of the south west