Christopher has a son and daughter plus grandchildren living in Singapore, so he has also studied the impact of WW2 and as a result subsequently investigated the relatively unknown inter-connections of the so-called 'Singapore Mutiny'.
Christopher has had articles printed in 'Stand To'.
He live near Henley-on-Thames.]]>
John Giles and I hit it off immediately. It did not take long before I became the Hon Secretary taking over the duties from John's wife, Margery.
A life-long friendship developed and, after John's death, Margery moved from their family home to be close to where both my mother and had our homes.
I was responsible for introducingTerry Cave to the WFA, with his friend Dick Burge (who sadly died some years ago).
Amongst many different aspects of the work I did for the WFA, I set up and developed the regional organisations, found the original Vice Presidents (all of whom I knew personally), established the commodities and started The Bulletin - to list just a few.
I am proud of what I was able to achieve and to point the WFA in the right direction.
I look now on how well the WFA has developed and improved.
He is also a member of the Salonika Campaign Society.
Originally gaining an interest of the Great War in his teens via the comic strip ‘Charlie's War'! further reading has altered his view of the Great War from this simplistic ‘Lions led by Donkey's' concept. Andy came to the subject in more depth in 2003 when his interest was sparked in Lt-General Snow and Major-General Forestier-Walker.
He has also been compiling information about 21st Division since 2005 and has a website dedicated to this research at www.21stdivision1914-18.org.
Andy often speaks on these three subjects at WFA branches.]]>
His interest in the Great War is long-standing, attributed to the stories told him about his family's participation in the conflict.
He joined the WFA in 1989, the year after he became a Civil Servant, and began researching the lives of those from Hucknall during the First World War around that time, giving his first talk on the subject to the East Midlands' branch in 1992. Since then, he has managed to avoid writing his book, "Small Town, Great War", which will one day serve as a tribute to the more than 1,700 men who served, over 400 of whom lost their lives.]]>
In 2007, he finally achieved part of an ambition and became self-employed as a full-time professional military researcher (he had conducted research on a part-time basis whilst employed in several jobs that he hated for a number of years prior to this), forming his own company - Croonaert Research Services - which conducts research on a wide (unlimited?) range of military subjects between the years of 1853 and 1945 (but especially for 1914-18) for a range of clients from private individuals, through museums and authors, to larger corporations and the media.
He is the author of Identifying the Dead ...a privately published book on the history of Identification Tags between 1869 and 1945, and he is three years into writing a book on the battles around Ypres at the end of May 1940 which is scheduled for publication in May 2010 - with further projects (including an "alternative battlefield guide") in the pipeline.
Originally a member of the WFA since 1982 (though, unfortunately, not with an "unbroken run"!), David became the founder member and first chairman of the East Lancs Branch of the WFA in 2008.
David is the WFA Website's partner researcher for our "Remembering Today" feature which he kindly provides through his research business, Croonaert Research Services.
In the early 1970s he was on contract with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces in Dhofar and later with the Dubai Defence Force.
Between contracts he served in the Territorial Army, mobilizing for 18 months to Belize in the 1980s, and after transferring to Intelligence in 1992 he mobilized again for four years for duties in the UK and the Balkans.
After parting with the military in 2002 he worked as a security contractor in North, East and West Africa and Iraq.
Harry is now retired on the Portuguese island of Madeira, and enjoys researching and writing about colonial campaigns, particularly those that occurred on the African continent.]]>
Kevin's main area of interest is the West Yorkshire Regiment - in particular the 15/17th West Yorkshire Regiment, and the period between December 1917 till March 1919. His interest in the Great War stems from research into his Grandfather's war service some nine or ten years ago, although he has taken a keen interest in local history for a large number of years. He is currently researching the Thornaby War Memorial, and how the Great War affected the social aspects of everyday life in the Thornaby district.
Kevin has been married for 26 years. He has two daughters and one son. A recent addition to the family mean that Kevin and his wife are now the proud Grandparents of a beautiful baby Granddaughter.]]>
Prior to re-locating back to the UK in 2001, she served as a front-line police officer in Canada.
Adele completed a MSc in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth University in 2005 and currently lives in London.
Her interest in the Great War began after reading a collection of letters written by four family members while serving in the Great War. She is currently researching their experiences in the Great War and in the case of two of the brothers, in the Boer War as well.