Episode 14

“an ongoing conflict is highly confusing and stressful for everybody involved in it….And so you should keep your ID with you as far as you can now, of course, in a much more wired, in a, in a wired world keeping your phone on you if you can, and a bats up battery charged.”

Frank Sedgwick


In this episode we talk to Frank Ledwidge about people going missing during war. We will discuss what is the definition of war and how many people around the world are affected. We will also explore the various ways people go missing during wars and some of the key challenges in finding or identifying them.


Frank Sedgwick

Frank Sedgwick is a Senior Lecturer at University of Portsmouth.

After a degree in Law from Oxford University Frank practised as a barrister in his home town of Liverpool for 8 years.  He was called up as a reservist to serve as an intelligence officer in the Balkans and later Iraq and went on to work with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe throughout Europe and Central Asia for seven years, including two as missing persons officer in Kosovo.  He also worked as a justice and security advisor to the UK government missions in Afghanistan and Libya.  He received his PhD in War Studies from KCL in 2015 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Military Strategy at Portsmouth University, part of the Professional Military Education Team working mostly with the Royal Air Force.

He is the author of several books, including ‘Losing Small Wars’ (Yale 2011/2018), Rebel Law (Hurst 2016) and Aerial Warfare (OUP 2018).  Currently, Frank is working on issues related to the Ukraine War particularly military capability and  Prisoners of War. He appears regularly as a military analyst on national and international media.


  1. Brown University – Cost of War – Millions Displaced by U.S. post 9/11
  2. Cambridge University – The First Africa World War
  3. Defense POW/ MIA Account Agency
  4. Internationa Committee of the Red Cross
  5. International Commission on Missing Persons