Bringing history to life
I first became interested in the Great War as a young teenager, my father mentioned a Great Uncle who had served in WW1 and who was named on the local war memorial. Spurred on I wrote to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who after some time sent me a letter with my Great Uncles details. From that point on I was hooked on finding out about the people, places and stories that related to this period in history.
Over the subsequent 35 years I have visited the Western Front many times in search of my Grandfather, and other close relatives, friends and families’ relations, locating the places they lived, where they fought, and in some cases died.
This year I took the decision to give in the day job within IT Service Management & Quality and focus on my passion. Living in Sheffield, I now split my time between Battlefield Guiding, historical research within the local community, and family history relating to the Great War, whilst keeping a hand in on my old life as a part time management consultant.
With a thirst for knowledge, I love meeting people with a common interest in the Great War; learning with them and helping educate them in the wider elements of this fascinating period. So often this culminates in bringing the story together by visiting where they lived here in South Yorkshire as well as where they served overseas.
My speciality would be walking the many areas of interest on the Western Front relating the people and other elements to the places.
Walking the Somme.
Family, Travel, Great War literature, Great War Genealogy, Battlefield Touring, Use of new Technology and Media in Historical Research, York and Lancaster Regiment.