Why We Do What We Do

On the 19th – 21st March this year I was privileged to be asked by Anglia Tours to conduct a battlefield tour of Ypres and the Somme for a small family group. The lead passenger’s daughter had missed …

A Family at War – Ashley Clark

Sergeant Fred CLARK 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment- a family at war

Fred CLARK was one of 7 sons and 2 daughters born to George and Lucy CLARK of Peterborough. The brothers in age order were George, Charles, Fred, John, …

Perrins Community School – The Benefits of a Guided History Tour

Perrins Community School, a secondary school in Hampshire, have a long tradition of self-guided WW1 Battlefield tours. However this year Mike Jewell decided to try something different and, for the first time, booked a guided history tour.

The tour to …

The Formation of the Hawthorn Ridge Crater Association

Twelve months ago Hawthorn Crater, filmed by the army cinematographer Geoffrey Malins on the morning of 1st July 1916 and seen in virtually every documentary about the Great War, was rubbish filled and inaccessible. Thanks to the work of the …

Female agents of the Second World War

Chosen to work in a secretive, clandestine and mainly male domain, the women of the Special Operations Executive, French section (SOE F) were all truly remarkable.  From house wives to grandmothers, shop assistants to princesses, thirty nine women passed through …

Vera Brittain – A short appreciation

By the time Vera Brittain’s   Great War memoir Testament of Youth was published in 1933 the road towards a second and yet more devastating world war was already being mapped out. In the years that followed publication, before Chamberlain’s famous …

A young woman at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

In my own small way, I was involved in a ‘first’ for women. I and some 40 other young women lived and trained in the hallowed portals of Old College at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as the first female …

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