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Remembrance Travel for Schools & Young People

Tour guides

Our highly experienced and knowledgeable guides are dedicated historians who will help to bring your tour to life. Their intimate knowledge of the campaigns and events is second to none and this will help to provide the context in which so many made the ultimate sacrifice. Our guides can also, on prior request, research individual family members who may have fallen and provide a personalised version of events.

Bob Darby
Bob DarbyBob has been guiding groups around the battlefields of the world for almost 20 years. As a 'badged' member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, he has been a professional guide for five years.

Bob served in both the British Army and later with the Sultan of Oman's Land Forces retiring in the rank of Major. His operational experience with the Parachute Regiment took him to both Northern Ireland and the Falklands.

Recent tours have taken him as far afield as the Falklands, Singapore and Sicily, as well as to Berlin, the Western Front and Second World War sites in Normandy, Holland and Germany. In addition to guiding, Bob regularly lectures on military campaigns to audiences as diverse as young students, veterans and military personnel on staff battle studies.

Tim Stoneman
Tim StonemanTim has guided tours to battlefields and Remembrance sites since 2008, leading schools parties, groups of veterans, serving military and the general public.

Before this he served in the Royal Navy for 35 years as a Gunnery and Air Defence Officer. This included service at sea in the Falklands and in the First Gulf War. During his Naval career, his life-long interest in naval history led him to take part in several battlefield studies, initially as the maritime expert, and subsequently broadening his interests to encompass land and air campaigns of the 20th Century.

Whilst preferring to look at battlefields with a nautical or amphibious flavour, such as Gallipoli, Dunkirk or Normandy, he is equally at home guiding on the Somme, in Flanders or other land-locked regions.

Tom Brown
Tom is a retired Police Officer and soldier and has been a Battlefield Tour Guide since 2009. He served nine years in the British Army Royal Engineers serving with both the Paras and Commandos, during which time he saw active service in the Falklands War and Northern Ireland.

On all tours Tom carries with him authentic First World War equipment and replica uniforms to bring to life the events and stories of the Great War and the lives of the men who served on the Western Front. As well as guiding for Schools, Tom also provides talks on the First World War to clubs and organisations, often prior to organised private trips to the Western Front.

Colin Parslow
Colin ParslowColin Parslow is a retired Army officer who has given over 30 years service as an Infantry Soldier. He has travelled the world and lived in Canada, West Africa, Cyprus, Malta, Germany and Northern Ireland.

Colin has been a tour manager and guide for The Royal British Legion since 1999, specialising in the First World War including Northern Italy and Gallipoli, and taking a wide range of groups from veterans to school children.

Jon Wort
Jon WortJon has guided school parties, Armed Forces recruits and veterans to battlefields and journeys of Remembrance since 2005. Before becoming a guide for The Royal British Legion Jon served 9 years in the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire), and since leaving the Regular Army has completed a further 22 years in the Territorial Army.

He has led trips on behalf of the Legion to Normandy, the Western Front and Crete, and also specialises in the Far East where he has led trips to North East India and Burma.

Paula Kitching
Paula KitchingPaula is a historian of war and genocide, and writes predominantly for education using that expertise. She has also managed some of the Legion's Learning programmes.

She is a highly experienced battlefield guide and has trained guides in the delivery of tours for schools and young people. She has extensive knowledge of the Western Front, Normandy and German battle sites and places of commemoration. Paula is particularly interested in bringing the individual stories to life from those that fought, witnessed and had their lives changed by the conflicts of the twentieth century.

Gerry Norden
Garry NordenHaving toured The Western Front battlefields, memorials and monuments for the last 20 years, Gerry teamed up with Remembrance Travel as a schools battlefield guide in 2010 following an extensive training and validation process.

The knowledge and skills he acquired after serving 30 years as a Police Officer and working alongside the military have prepared him well for this role. He has since led groups of both students and adults to the Western Front and Normandy.

Johnny Walker
Brigadier Johnny WalkerJohnny Walker was a soldier for over 30 years in The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. After the Army he worked for The Royal British Legion and started at Remembrance Travel as a guide in 2006.

Johnny has concentrated on taking people to the Western Front dealing with the First World War and in particular the three battles of Ypres, Vimy Ridge and the battle of the Somme. He also has a great interest in D-Day and the Second World War and has led tours to Auschwitz.

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