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The guide directory details all Guild Accredited Members. Each of these has passed our Accreditation Programme – so you can be sure they are all high quality guides and will give you a great tour!

You can filter by battle/campaign or country and then click on the name of an Accredited Guide to read their biography. Most Accredited Guides have contact details by which you can contact them directly. If not, or if you want to pass a message to them, please contact them via the Guild Secretary  via our Contacts Page.

Many Guides can develop bespoke personalised tours and can research where particular ancestors might have fought or died. If you want to advice on following a particular ancestor and you have not identified a particular Accredited Guide, please contact the Guild Secretary. We guarantee we’ll have somebody that can help you!

Finally, this list shows only our Accredited Guides. Our Ordinary Members are not listed here and if you would like to check whether a particular individual is a member of the Guild, or for any other further help, please contact the Guild Secretary via our Contacts Page.

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Simon Bendry

Accredited Guide Number: 104

Simon has been interested in military history since he was a child. He first visited the battlefields on family holidays and soon became fascinated with D Day and the Normandy campaign. In his teens he developed an interest in the First World War and led his first guided tours to the former battlefields of the Western Front while still at university. After graduating with a history degree, he went on to train as a teacher and for 15 years ran annual school tours to the Western Front.

From 2014, Simon ran the prestigious and multi award-winning First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme – a UK government funded initiative which saw 8,500 students and teachers visit the former battlefields of the Western Front. Simon led more than 90 of these tours and as the programme’s lead for on-site education became an internationally recognised expert in leading students and teachers on the battlefields. He has also led tours for adult organisations including universities. Simon also has a passion for historical research and is able to bring the battlefields to life with personal stories, while also placing these stories in the immediate and wider historical context.

Simon is a member of the British Commission for Military History and the Western Front Association.

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Simon Burgess

Accredited Guide Number: 108

Simon is a serving Army officer and qualified as a badged guide in May 2020.

He originally served in the Royal Air Force before leaving to pursue a career in the oil industry, and also serving as a reserve officer. Rather to his surprise he ended up joining the Regular Army 7 years ago.

Simon has served on operations in Gulf War 1, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq (where he ran Basrah Fire Brigade) and twice as an aviation planner in Afghanistan (including with the US Marine Corps).

He has served as the Operations Officer in the Attack Helicopter Force HQ and is currently the aviation specialist in the Collective Training Group at the Land Warfare Centre. He delivers training to brigade and division HQs particularly in the use of aviation and air land integration.

Simon has been visiting the battlefields for several years and has led a number of small group tours.

He is particularly interested in Normandy in WW2 and in all aspects of air power in WW2 and WW1.

He is also passionate about the American Civil War particularly Gettysburg and the Eastern theatre battles.

 

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Paul Colbourne

Accredited Guide Number: 113

Paul has had a life-long interest in military history and graduated in 2019 from the University of
Wolverhampton with a Masters degree in the History of Britain and the First World War. He has a
particular interest in the Western Front and has been visiting the battlefields for 30 years. He is a
freelance guide who works part time for a number of companies including Back-Roads Tours
focusing on Australian and New Zealand involvement during the First World War.
Paul is also a volunteer for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Eyes On Hands
On project and is also a speaker on the CWGC Kantor Programme. He is a member of the
Western Front Association, Great War Group and the Hawthorn Ridge Crater Association.
Having progressed through the Accreditation process, Paul is now the proud holder of Badge
number 113.
‘Your depth of knowledge, presentation and empathy was much appreciated by everyone on the
tour’ – Guest – ANZAC’s on the Western Front Tour

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Gareth Davies

Accredited Guide Number: 94

Gareth has been a keen student of twentieth century warfare for many years. He served in the Royal
Tank Regiment for over 25 years and his military career included tours teaching at Sandhurst, the Land Warfare School, and the Joint Services Command and Staff College, as well as two tours in the
Ministry of Defence. He has an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London.

Gareth now works as a Warfare Analyst, looking at current military challenges as well as helping people
learn from the past. He regularly leads group tours for schools and military units as well as highly
bespoke tours for individuals and families. His interests include command, learning, and technology;
the Great War in France & Flanders, Italy, and Palestine; Second World War combined arms actions of
1944 and 1945; and tanks – because a day without a tank is a day wasted. His first book, on tanks in
1917, will be published by Helion in 2021.

Roel Dekkers

Accredited Guide Number: 95

I have been interested in the stories of the Second World War since I was a child. This interest continued during my career as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Army; I was especially interested in comparing the military actions of now and then. Living in an area where, in September 1944, one of the largest airborne operations took place and where, in February of 1945, the largest land operation started on Dutch soil, I started to study these operations.
By giving battlefield tours from 2014 around the Rhineland I introduced people to a relatively unknown battle (Operations Veritable, Blockbuster, Plunder and Varsity) which was the beginning of the Allied advance over the River Rhine and the further advance to the northern Netherlands and towards Berlin.

Other specialisms:

On special request of individual family members of mostly deceased veterans, I provide a special tour where their relative spent their time during the battle for the Rhineland.
I also provide tours for specific military units.
I also give presentations to schools about the Second World War in general, special presentations about specific battles, and presentations about my efforts in crisis areas during my military career.

David Harrison

Accredited Guide Number: 103

David Harrison is an independent battlefield tour guide who specialises in the Italian campaigns of the First and Second World War.  He organises bespoke tours to the First World War campaign in the north of Italy which include the Battle of Caporetto 1917, the fighting on the Asiago Plateau, along the River Piave and the final Battle of Vittorio Veneto 1918. He also specialises in the Allied Second World campaign on Sicily in 1943, at Salerno/Monte Cassino/Anzio 1943-44, and along the east coast against the Gothic Line 1944-45. His 30 years of service in the British Army from platoon to corps level allow him to interpret the battles for the visitor today, whilst his NATO assignments enable him to provide insights from the other main participants (Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland and USA). He has studied in detail the Battle of Ortona 1943, the role of Anders’s Polish II Corps and has a particular interest in the impact of the war on Italian society. He is educated at Masters level and has had campaign book reviews published. He received his accreditation (Badge 103) from the Guild in January 2020. He lives in Edinburgh and the Le Marche region of Italy.

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Alison Hine

Accredited Guide Number: 36

Alison initially came to military history by way a grandfather who had served in the First World War and through studying the War poets. 

 

Although she did not set out to have a military career, Alison joined the Officers Training Corps whilst at university studying English and French.  She subsequently joined the Regular Army and served for 28 years, retiring in the rank of Colonel. She served in various places in UK, including Northern Ireland, and also spent over two years in Hong Kong.  She held a variety of appointments, both Regimental and on the Staff, including four Staff appointments to the Ministry of Defence. 

 

Whilst in Hong Kong, in 1985 she took part in a Battlefield Tour commemorating the fortieth anniversary of VJ Day which sparked her interest in Battlefield Touring.  On leaving the Army, she completed a part-time MA Course in Military Studies and began working as a freelance Battlefield Guide for Galina, based in Chester, guiding a variety of clients on coach tours: school, military, veterans’ and adult groups.  She subsequently moved companies, joining Poppy Travel, which was then the Battlefield Tour arm of the Royal British Legion, and guiding “Realities of War’ tours for soldiers under training to Belgium, France and Normandy.

 

She joined the Guild of Battlefield Guides in 2005 and gained Accreditation in 2007, the first female guide to do so.  She then took on the role of Validation Secretary for eight years.

 

Alison decided to continue her studies and has since completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham on the replacement of casualties during the First World War.  This led to the publication of her first book ‘Refilling Haig’s Armies’, which was awarded third place in the Society for Army Historical Research competition for the best first book published in 2018.  She is continuing to research divisions in the Hundred Days, with a view to publication.

 

Alison now limits her guiding activities to her local Western Front Association but is happy to advise and carry out research for anyone who cares to contact her.

 

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Graeme MacPherson

Accredited Guide Number: 115

Graeme is a serving Army officer with a background in military logistics. He has served full time and part time for over 34 years in a range of command and staff appointments.

He has been a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides since 2014 and became a badged guide in 2021. His interest in the military started at a young age as he learned of the service of his grandfathers in the Second World War, one as a Royal Engineer, the other as a Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineer in 79th Armoured Division.

He has led a number of military group tours to the WW2 sites of Normandy, Monte Cassino, Sicily, Arnhem and Berlin before developing an interest in the Western Front during WW1.

Graeme has designed and led the Commonwealth Soldier programme taking school and community groups from SE England to the battlefields of France and Belgium to study the contributions made by Commonwealth troops in WW1. He has also delivered a number of tours in the UK and overseas has had the opportunity to lead a tour to the Falkland Islands. In 2018 he supported the Army Cadet Armistice 100 programme to the Somme and the National Muslim Armistice commemorations at Woking’s Indian Army Muslim burial ground memorial.

He is particularly interested in the human aspects of conflict and bringing the personal stories of those who served to life. In addition to leading groups, Graeme also has an interest in research and has delivered a number of WW1 community research projects, presentations and events as well as delivering individual bespoke research projects for families wanting to know more about their relatives.

He is a volunteer speaker for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and a member of the Western Front Association.

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Brian Rogers

Accredited Guide Number: 109

I am a serving Army officer and qualified as a badged guide in May 2020.  I have served with the Household Cavalry both operationally and as a mounted cavalryman on state ceremonial and public duties, as well as working on the staff in the wider Army.  Military experience of the Middle East, Balkans and Afghanistan.

I have been visiting battlefields for many years and have led a number of small group tours, for military personnel, veterans and members of the general public.  Very interested in all matters involving the cavalry where I like to think I have a unique insight, as well as armoured operations where I also have significant practical knowledge.  I continue to develop and learn my craft, and I am currently studying for an MA in the History of Great Britain and the First World War.

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Brian Shaw

Accredited Guide Number: 18

Brian Shaw is an Ex Warrant Officer in the Parachute Regiment who has been leading
battlefield tours for the past twenty years. Born in Nottingham in 1958 he joined the Army in
1974 as a Junior Soldier, progressing through a busy career specializing in Battlefield
Communications. Brian become a Warrant Officer Class 1 in 1995 and retired from the
Army in January 2013 after 38 years’ service.

Brian has had an extensive career serving across the globe, in Northern Ireland on operations
and from South Africa to the Arctic Circle and from California to Hong Kong, the long way
round, on training. This long Infantry experience and knowledge of tactics, give him a
soldier’s eye for ground and the implications of terrain on the weapon systems of any
chosen period.

Brian has a long-held interest in military history, particularly the Second World War. He
combines his own experiences and his knowledge of history to put his audience on a tour
within the experience of what the soldiers of the day saw, felt and experienced.
Whilst Brian’s passion is for the Second World War and specifically NW Europe 1944/45
(D–Day to the war’s end) but with a wide military history knowledge he is happy working with
groups on the battlefields of the Great War or others.

Brian has assisted in and personally planned and led tours on the Battle of Waterloo, The
Western Front, Gallipoli, France and Belgium 1940, Malta, the fighting in Normandy,
Operation Market–Garden, Aachen, the Hurtgen Forest, the Rhine Crossing (Plunder and
Varsity) and the Ardennes Offensive. Italy – Anzio and Cassino.