Kenneth Davies Hopkins (d.1942) was a school teacher from Birmingham, who undertook a part time MA in Education between 1935 and 1938. His dissertation, on punishment in schools, was supervised by C. W. Valentine.
Whilst studying for his first degree, between 1917 and 1918 Hopkins attended a special intensive course at Birmingham University Officer Training Corps. He qualified for a commission in His Majesty's Forces in June 1918, but was not called up before the Armistace was signed. He continued to serve in the Territorial Army with the Royal Warwickshire regiment, being promoted to Lieutenant in February 1924, and Captain in May 1928.
In May 1940 Major Hopkins was taken prisoner by the Germans, probably at Dunkirk. As a Prisoner of War he spent time in a number of camps, including Oflag VII-C Laufen, and upper camp Oflag IX-A/H Burg Spangenberg.
After his capture he wrote to Valentine proposing that he undertake a study of the dreams of his fellow Prisoners of War. Valentine described this idea as excellent, and arranged for his book The New Psychology of the Unconscious, to be sent to him.
The books were found in a vacated camp when it was liberated in 1945. They were sent to Valentine, as a letter from him was found along with them, in the hopes that he could pass them on to Hopkins. Unfortunately, Hopkins had died of bronchial asthma and emphysema in Hildburghausen in September 1942.