Ray Wilkinson

Accredited Guide Number: 58

Ray is especially interested in the British volunteers of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, the Roman Invasion of Britain in 43 AD, in particular the activities of Titus Flavius Vespasianus (Vespasian), and the military career of Major General James Wolfe; he also has a broad interest in the First World War, particularly the 18th (Eastern) Division under Major General Ivor Maxse, the Second World War, the American Civil War, and the English Civil Wars.  In addition to leading battlefield tours he has also led business study tours to the USA and throughout the UK facilitating best practice learning by client organisations from the Middle East, the Far East, and the UK.

He is a romantic idealist at heart and a firm believer in the power of the human spirit, with a heartfelt dislike of DIY born of much unfortunate experience, it is the actions and motivations of individuals in the context of military history and battlefields that interest him the most – and it is on those aspects that he focuses his attention.  His aim as a battlefield guide is to encourage clients to consider events and situations from a fresh perspective.

 Ray is the Chief Executive of East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association www.earfca.org.uk.  He is also a visiting lecturer at Kingston University lecturing on Leadership, Change & Consultancy on a number of their Master’s level courses.

He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London (DL), a former Army Reserve Officer and having been awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD) in 1993, he was awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM) in 2011.

Ray is a Council member of the Army Records Society and has a CMS, DMS and an MBA from the Open University Business School; he is a Trustee of Zetetick Housing, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of The Drapers Company.

Battles

AntiquityRoman Invasion of BritainWWIWWIISpanish Civil War20 C.

Countries

BelgiumFranceGermanySpainUnited Kingdom

Caters For

IndividualsSchool GroupsSmall Groups

Areas of Expertise

Areas of expertise:

The British Battalion of the International Brigades 1936-1938

Battle of Medway 43 AD

Battle of Maidstone 1648

Berlin in 1945 and the Cold War

D Day 1944

Battle of the Somme 1916

Third Battle of Ypres 1917

Other specialisms:
Using Military History to facilitate Business Skills and Performance Improvement