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John   John Marr

 Director and Tour Manager

John spent 6 years in the Army and 15 years as a Reserve Officer in the Royal Air force Volunteer Reserve. He is marred  to Emma and has one daughter Sophie. John is a State Registered Paramedic and works for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

John has always had a interest in the First and Second World Wars and has visited the Battlefields of Europe on a number of occasions. John started doing tours for friends and family and private tours, he has now expanded with the help of a dedicated team to a wider market and is an associate member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, more information can be found by following this link http://www.gbg-international.com


Emma MarrEmma

Company Secretay

Emma was born in Inverness and lives there with her husband John and their daughter Sophie. Emma has a HND in Hospitality Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and has had many years of working within the Hospitality Industry. For the past 11 years she has worked for the prestige brand Mercedes-Benz.


iainIain McHenry

Guide

After leaving school in 1988, I followed in my father’s footsteps and joined the army as a Junior Apprentice into the Royal Signals. Transferring to the Royal Military Police in 1990. I have served in many different theatres of operations such as Germany, UK, Northern Ireland, Nepal, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sardinia, Norway, Egypt, Falkland Islands, Sierra Leone, Canada and Belgium.

Following a two year posting to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) outside Mons in Belgium I concentrated hard on honing my knowledge of the First World War. The first shot fired in anger by the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in August 1914, was fired about 400 meters outside the gates of the Barracks where I was stationed. With Ypres being about 70 Miles away and the Somme, 80 miles away I spent all of my free time visiting the battlefields, gaining knowledge, leading tours and also making use of my Private Pilots License to fly over the Battlefields taking photographs and filming.

As well as guiding I also offer my services to Companies / Organisations looking for WW1 historical consultation and research. I have contributed to various BBC News articles concerning the Great War and Remembrance, including contributing towards the BBC "My Family At War" (2008), BBC News Remembrance 90 (2008). I am also a member of a team of First War historians who carry out archival and archaeological studies of locations on the battlefields, filming them for documentaries. Some of our past work has included a study of a WW1 Dugout known as “Vampir” (Channel 4 Time Team Special and The History Channel, 2008) and a study on the use of Livens' Large Gallery Flame Projector (Time Team Special and The History Channel, 2011). I am also a member of the team who raised funds and built the memorial to the British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Tunnelling Companies. The Tunnellers Memorial stands next to the 55th (West Lancashire) Divisions memorial at Givenchy Lez La Bassee and overlooks the site of the only Tunnellers VC action of the war.

Bob HiltonBob

Guide

A highly motivated and very keen military enthusiast with experience of conducting battlefield tours from both World Wars. A professional soldier with extensive experience world-wide for over twenty years, having worked in many different environments and terrain a thorough knowledge of the different techniques and tactics demanded of those places.

As at home walking in Flanders Fields as parachuting onto Drop Zone ‘N’ in Normandy!

I was a member of The Parachute Regiment from 1981 to 2003. Serving in an operational capacity, in the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland (7 tours of duty), Belize (twice), Sierra Leone, Macedonia and Afghanistan. Trained in many varied and diverse environments, usually after carrying out a parachute drop, such as Germany, Canada, Italy, Botswana, Kenya, Egypt, Cyprus and the USA. I also took part in several battlefield parachute drops and tours to commemorate actions at Bruneval and Normandy in France and Arnhem in Holland.

Upon retirement from the Army I took up being a full time battlefield guide, specializing in Britain’s Airborne Forces and its actions in World War Two. I regularly contribute to two web-sites, www.paradata.org.uk and www.pegasusarchive.org


Peter Westley Peter Westley

Tour Manager and Historical Research

Peter originates from  London and served with the Met Police before moving North to Dingwall where he lives with his wife Jacqui. He served with the Royal Observer Corps and subsequently held a Commission in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves for 12 years. He has two sons who are both currently serving  with the RAF. A lifelong interest in the Royal Air Force, aviation and military history in general compliments his enjoyment of participating in battlefield tours. He is a member of The Station History Room team at RAF Lossiemouth  where he has been appointed Station Historian

 


Peter Jacobs edited Peter Jacobs

Guide

Born and educated near Southampton, Peter Jacobs joined the Royal Air Force in 1977 and served as an air defence navigator, initially on the F4 Phantom and then the Tornado F3. During his career spanning more than thirty-six years he also completed staff tours at HQ 11 Group at Bentley Priory, HQ Strike Command at High Wycombe and at the Ministry of Defence in London before spending the last years of his career at the RAF College Cranwell.

During his time in the Royal Air Force, Peter served all over the world and was privileged to fly in many types of aircraft, including the Lancaster. His interest in military history stems from his time in the Service, during which he served on many fighter squadrons and in many staff appointments. He also conducted several battlefield tours and visits. Peter now lives in Lincoln with his family and is the author of several books on military history, many of which relate to the Battle of Britain and Bomber Command, and he is also the Chairman of the No 50 and No 61 Squadrons’ Association.

 

Bob DarbyBob Darby

Guide

Bob Darby has been guiding on the battlefields of the world for nearly 20 years. After serving in the Parachute Regiment where he saw operational service in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, his experiences as a soldier and his love of military history led him to become a battlefield guide. He is a holder of Badge 29 of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides regarded as a benchmark in military guiding and gained by examination by his peers.

Bob has taken groups as diverse as school educational parties, small club groups and military groups up to Staff level on tour. Recent tours have been to NW Europe covering actions of both the First and Second World Wars, Sicily, Singapore and the Falkland Islands.

Bob says 'Guiding and telling the story is a passion with me! and hopefully this comes through when I am telling the story!' Bob lives in West London with his wife and two children.

Jeremy BanningJeremy Banning

Researcher

Jeremy Banning is a military historian and researcher specialising in the First World War, with expertise in the Battles of the Somme and Arras along with underground tunnel warfare. Jeremy has collaborated on a number of books with Peter Barton, as well as acting as principal researcher for other books, radio and television programmes. He appeared in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? when he showed comedian and actor Hugh Dennis around the battlefields in France and Flanders. He also helped Spooks and Hustle actor Robert Glenister look into the wartime service of a relative for the BBC Wales series Coming Home.  He has also worked on various Time Team Specials. Recent work includes research for BBC Four’s The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars and a BBC Two programme looking at poets and writers on the Somme which will be broadcast in 2014.
 
Jeremy conducts specialist research for clients and guides bespoke battlefield trips. Last year, following intensive research, he spoke at Dunham Massey Hall, a National Trust property in Cheshire, on the men who recuperated there from 1917-19 when it functioned as Stamford Military Hospital. As part of his educational work, Jeremy also visits schools as part of the ‘Heritage Schools’ programme provided by English Heritage and recently returned from Bangkok where he spent a week speaking to students at an international school. Jeremy was part of the team behind the Tunnellers Memorial and is a founding member of the La Boisselle Study Group who have been conducting archaeology and tunnel exploration on the Somme.
 
Jeremy has a Masters in Modern History and has a detailed knowledge of records held in the National Archives, Imperial War Museum, Liddle Archive and regimental archives and can use these to bring a soldier’s wartime experiences to life.
 
Further details on Jeremy’s work can be found on his website  http://jeremybanning.co.uk/

PatrickPatrick Haston

PR and Advertising

Patrick was born in Aberdeen but now lives in Inverness with his wife Gillian and their four children. Patrick works for the Scottish Heritage in IT. He has always been interested in the World Wars and takes great pride in being part of Battlefield Select Tours.



David CampbellDavid

IT

David is originally from Forres but now lives in Inverness with his wife, 2 kids and their German Shepherd. His day job is in the Communication and Information Technology Department of a Special NHS Board. David has over 8 years experience in various IT environments having worked for a Leading IT outsourcing Company.


SandrineSandrine Paul

Liaisons

Sandrine was born in Marseille in France and now lives in Inverness with her two daughters. Sandrine works with the NHS. Sandrine being from France, has always been interested in the Wars especially with both her parents living under German occupation during WW2.

 

 

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