Frank Toogood

Accredited Guide Number: 39

For over three decades Frank has had a successful career within the creative industry as a designer and creative director.

During that time, Frank also served 10 years in the 70 (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron, part of 71st (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment (V), and had the distinction of having been the youngest qualified tradesman in the regiment by 12 months, at the age of 19.

Franks interest in battlefield guiding came from his father who served in BOAR and grandfathers who fought in the WW2 – one in the Royal Artillery on the Western Front and the other in the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front.

Frank has been battlefield guiding since 2006, specialising in Waterloo, the Great War and WW2. He also played an active role within the Guild and has held several positions on Council, including Members’ Representative, Brand Manager and Guild Secretary. In 2011 he was proud to be the first recipient of the Richard Holmes Memorial Award for Services to the Guild.

Frank is also a member of the Western Front Association, Essex Yeomanry Association, and a Life member of the Royal Signals Association.


WWIWWIIWaterlooNapoleonBattle of the SommeArnhemCassinoD-DayNormandy LandingsYpresPeenemunde


BelgiumWestern EuropeEuropeFranceGermanyItaly

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Adult Coach GroupsIndividualsSchool GroupsSmall Groups

Areas of Expertise

Wars covered:

  • Napoleonic Wars
  • First World War
  • Second World War


Areas of expertise:


  • Battle of Waterloo 1815

First World War:

  • Ypres – 1914 – 1918
  • Essex Yeomanry Involvement in WWI
  • Battle of the Somme 1916


Second World War:

  • Normandy Landing / D-Day – 1944
  • Battle of Arnhem – 1944
  • Battle of Monte Cassino – 1944
  • Peenemunde – 1944

Other specialisms:

  • Researching individual ancestors