After theological college Ken Tout worked for many years overseas with voluntary organizations, including Oxfam, HelpAge International and the Salvation Army, and latterly as a consultant to the United Nations Unit on ageing. He has a PhD in gerontology and in 1994 was awarded the OBE for services to the elderly mainly in developing countries.
"'... a minor classic in battle-picture painting. It has an authenticity about it which could only come from deep personal experience, translated by a lucid pen.' The Times 'Movingly and evocatively written. Tank! surely merits a place on the bookshelf of Second World War classics.' British Army Review"