Steven Hamilton has for many years studied military history as a hobby. A visit to his grandfather's grave focussed his attention on the regiment in whose service Lieutenant Corporal 'Paddy' Clifford was killed. Since then the author has written a number of articles for the Royal Tank Regiments quarterly journal TANK, and assisted other authors in their works of military history. At present he is undertaking a revision the whole of the World War II Roll of Honour for the Royal Armoured Corps, involving over seventy regiments; many will for the first time have their own Roll of Honour. As an unofficial archivist he gets a great deal of satisfaction from helping 'next of kin' and old comrades enquiring about family members and friends. Meanwhile he is employed as a carpenter in Germany. In his spare time he enjoys life in the fast lane, often literally so on his 1000cc motorcycle, frequently making the long journey to England on it. His home town is Derby, where his two children Dean and Stephanie live.
"Stephen Hamilton has produced a fine tribute to men whose resilience and ability earns them an honoured place in the annals of the RTR." Forces News "The author is to be congratulated on having produced a most readable and well-researched history which I can recommend not only to former members of the 50th Battalion but also to all those who have served or are still serving in the RTR." Peter Gudgin, Royal Tank Regiment Journal