I am a self-employed battlefield tour guide and military historian. Retiring from the Army in 2014 after 37 years regular service in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and their successors, the Mercian Regiment. I have  served all over the world including operational service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been leading battlefield tours since 1994 and have guided military groups, veterans, schoolchildren and others. 


As battlefield tours have been largely replaced by staff rides and battlefield studies within the Army, I have become heavily involved in producing Tactical Exercises Without Troops (TEWTs) based on battles of the past that can be "refought" over the actual ground. I have led tours to the battlefields of the American War of Independence, the Peninsular War, the Crimean War, the Great War, the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. 


I am a member of the Western Front Association . I  joined the International Guild of Battlefield Guides in its infancy (Member Number 4) and was awarded Badge Number 10 in 2004. I have  organised and continue to organise events for both the Guild itself and the Midlands Chapter of the Guild and am a long time member of the Guild Validation Team. I was the  lead volunteer of the Nottinghamshire Great War Centenary Exhibition (The Trent to the Trenches) and was largely responsible for this wide ranging, interactive series of events that are centered on Nottingham Castle in 2014.


Whether you want to stand in the footsteps of your family , your regiment , your corps , men from your county ,school or sports club - that is what you will do with me. No generic set piece talks trotted out on tour after tour irrespective of audience but original research carried out specifically for your tour and overlaid on the ground in a way that will make sense to everyone present and enhance your understanding of an action and appreciation of the men that fought there.

The Soldiers , Sailors and Airmans Families Association (SSAFA) is the service charity that I support.
















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