David Wilson

Accredited Guide Number: 81

David’s background includes 45 years of military service in both the Regular Army and Reserve. He graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in December 1975 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He has completed a wide variety of regimental, training and staff postings, including operational tours of duty in Uganda with the Commonwealth Military Training Team (1983) and in Cambodia with the UN (1991-92). In 2006-07 he was deployed as an Operations Analyst in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004-05 he served as the ADF Liaison Officer to the USMC-led headquarters with other international assistance forces based in Thailand during the tsunami relief operation.


His keen interest for military history is long-standing and widely varied. This includes being involved as a specialist technical adviser to the movies “Breaker Morant” and “Gallipoli” which were filmed in South Australia in the early 1980s where he was posted at the time.


While researching various aspects of family involvement in WW1, he was invited to co- author the history of the 19th Infantry Battalion AIF. It was one of the many untold stories of the Great War and “Fighting Nineteenth” was published in June 2011. As a result of this work, he has set up his own business AIF Research Services which assists families and other interested groups to track their First AIF ancestors both in Australia, as well as providing advice for potential battlefield tourists. David is regularly booked to speak to local historical societies on a variety of WW1 topics.


David’s interest in battlefield guiding was sparked by a 1981 visit to the Gallipoli area which was at that time relatively untouched since 1915. Here he fell in with a small group of fellow countrymen also making that pilgrimage. At that time he was teaching military history at the Officer Cadet School Portsea, and the role of de facto battlefield guide fell to him. Since 2006 he has regularly guided at Gallipoli and also on the Western Front where he gets to practise his French. He is also involved in the planning for some 2018 memorial events to be held in the Péronne and Mont St Quentin areas. He has recently added colonial forts of New South Wales to his portfolio of guiding locations.




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Areas of Expertise

Wars covered:

  • First World War
  • Second World War


Areas of expertise:

  • The Gallipoli Campaign (Focus on ANZAC contribution)
  • Australians on the Western Front (‘The AIF Triangle’: Ypres-Amiens- Montbrehain)
  • The Singapore Campaign 1942

Other specialisms:

  • Researching individual ancestors through AIF Research Services
  • Colonial fortresses of the New South Wales Coast
  • American Civil War