About the author and contacting me
Why develop this site?
As with most specific historical interests, my own started with
a family member and developed from there. I am very proud to say
that my Great
Grandfather was one of the Regiment's Vickers and Lewis
Gunners who fell in the Great War, and I devote this site mainly
to his memory. However in doing so I also remember the many other
family members who served, his comrades within the regiment who
shared in the dreadful experience of The Great War and the millions
of other men and women who gave their lives during the conflict,
so that we may enjoy the freedom their sacrifices provided for us.
I have collected much information on the Regiment during my interest
in their involvement in The Great War, and in time I intend to include
all that I reasonably can on this site (although the irony is that
the bigger the site becomes, the more people get in touch and the
less time I have to develop it). Naturally, one day I found myself
considering what to do with the information and realised that I
had the choice to either keep the information collected private
or to put this collective knowledge to good use and help others
in their search for information on their ancestor's exploits. With
this in mind, I started to build this site, specialising on The
Bedfordshire Regiment and its involvement in The Great War.
Although the Regiment is the backbone of this
site, the individuals, their experiences and bravery in the face
of adversity that no human should ever be subjected to, is what
I really wish to portray. The feats of that generation were nothing
short of incredible. Their efforts and endurance are, quite simply,
the reason we live as we do today and I strongly believe that their
sacrifice should never be forgotten or taken for granted. The famous
words from the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon (1914) say
They went with songs to the
battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of
eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end
against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces
to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as
we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
We will remember them.
As for me, I live in Great
Gransden, on the Cambridgeshire / Bedfordshire border with
my incredibly supportive wife Liz, who happily tramps around cemeteries,
battlefields, libraries and archives with me. Having been interested
in warfare since I was able to think for myself, I have spent many
years researching on a 'hobby' basis (whilst working in the Business
and Commerce environment) as well as a full time Military and Family
History researcher. I also worked as a Cataloguer in the Imperial
War Museum's Film and Video Archive at Duxford for a few years.
Ultimately, I collect and interpret information as
opposed to being a medals or memorabilia collector. I produce a
lot of written material whilst researching the regiment and helping
people who want to know more about their ancestor's service in the
regiment, in addition to biographies and stories for my own archives.
I have also written articles for magazines and assisted with or
provided complete research on behalf of the media.
I am also the author of the book 1st
Bedfordshires. Part One; Mons to the Somme which tells the
story of the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment between 1914 and
1916 and have recently completed 1st
Bedfordshires. Part Two: Arras to the Armistice, which has
naturally been taking much of my spare time up after the working,
eating and sleeping are all done for the day! Further volumes covering
the other battalions within the regiment are planned for the following
years, so if your ancestor served in any of the regiment's battalions
and you would like to share information, please contact
me. [Please note that it is taking me well over a month to reply
to new enquiries at the moment]
The Royal British
Legion also gets some of my time each year as I have been
a collector and organiser for them for some years now. Please give
them some thought and consider making
a donation to their funds as they are not just about parades
and remembrance - most of their activities
are devoted to helping our servicemen and women who have been injured,
maimed or affected by their experiences whilst serving our country.
Talks and presentations
I would be happy to visit your group, society of event
and provide a (multimedia) talk / presentation on the regiment.
These can be adapted to suit the location if preferred.
that it is taking me well over a month to reply to new enquiries
at the moment.
However, if you don't mind waiting
and would like to discuss your ancestor, or to organise me visiting
your group to give a talk, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.