Jock Phillips is one of New Zealand’s leading historians. He was previously the country’s Chief Historian, and then General Editor of Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. In 2013 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit and, a year later, was honoured with the Prime Minister’s Award in non-fiction, which recognised his writing on a range of subjects such as rugby, war, the male stereotype, immigrants and stained-glass windows. In 2015 Jock was awarded an honorary doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington. Jock began working on war memorials in the 1980s, and has been fascinated by the subject ever since.