For Families

Family History

Do you have a relative that fought and perhaps fell in either WW1? Have you wished you knew more about them and what they did in the war but are not really sure how to find out? Neither the generation which experienced the war nor their children were normally ever able to talk about the trauma of WW1. Perhaps all you have is a medal or an old photograph? We can help to place your relative in context by both finding out what they did and taking you to where they did it.

Research

I regularly research records in places such as the Imperial War Museum, National Archives and Regimental Museums. Normally I can find out a great deal about where a relative fought and perhaps died. Although much is available online far more is still on paper records (although many WW1 soldiers’ records were damaged by fire in 1940 during a Lufwaffe bombing raid), and usually a full service history of both the soldier and his unit are available, given time to trawl through and intepret the various records available.

Visit the battlefield

I can take you to the parts of the Western front your relative served on and explain what happened and why. For the fallen I can take you to the grave or to the place where his name is remembered. Many of the families I help have never been able to visit these places and completing a circle of family history can be a deeply moving experience.

Research is charged on a time basis. For visits I can either provide you with a comprehensive itinerary and notes to inform your visit, accompany you in your own car, or provide transport and take you myself. In either case costs are very reasonable and I am happy to do as much or as little as you wish.

For those in a group tour I will always try and incorporate visits to places of significant importance to individual members of the group.

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