Doherty's father, J.J. Doherty, a native of County Tyrone and a British AA artillery gunner, served during the Second World War, as did four of Richard's uncles. J.J. Doherty died of cancer, a result of complications from wounds suffered during the war. His mother Anna Coyle, who also died of cancer, came from a nationalist background. His parents married at St. Eugene's Cathedral, Londonderry City. Richard Doherty was a Royal Ulster Constabulary reservist from 1972 to 1974 and also served in the Territorial Army. He resides in Prehen, County Londonderry.
Doherty's most recent book, British Armoured Divisions and their Commanders, 1939-1945, is published by Pen and Sword Books.
Selected works (in alphabetical order)
- A Noble Crusade: The History of Eighth Army, 1941 to 1945 (ISBN 1885119631)
- Clear the Way!: A History of the 38th (ISBN 0716525429) - paperback
- Irish Generals in the British Army in the Second World War (ISBN 0862813956)
- Irish Men and Women in the Second World War (ISBN 1851824413)
- Irish Volunteers in the Second World War (ISBN 1851825231)
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross by Doherty & David Truesdale (ISBN 1851824421)
- None Bolder: The History of the 51st (Highland) Division in the Second World War (ISBN 1862273170)
- Only the Enemy in Front (Every Other Beggar Behind): The Recce Corps at War, 1940-1946 (ISBN 1871085187)
- The Sound of History: El Alamein - 1942 (ISBN 186227164X)
- The British Reconnaissance Corps in World War II (ISBN 9781846031229/ISBN 1846031222)
- The North Irish Horse: A Hundred Years of Service (ISBN 1862271909)
- The Thin Green Line: A History Of The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC 1922-2001 (ISBN 1844150585)
- The Siege of Derry: A Military History (ISBN 1846820154)
- The Williamite War in Ireland 1688-1691 (ISBN 1851823751)
- Wall of Steel. The History of the 9th (Londonderry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery (SR) (ISBN 0907528139)
- Colin Drury (26 August 2008). "Tribute to World War Two soldier Nora who risked all – and paid with her life". Halifax Today. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
- Profile, checkcompany.co.uk; accessed 5 July 2016.
- Richard Doherty bibliography, derryjournal.com; accessed 10 April 2014.
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