Badge No. 017
Area of expertise:
World War 1:
Loos, Somme, Messines & Passchendalele & the Kaiser’s Battle of Doiran in Slonnika
World War II:
The Battle of Britain, 8th Air Force, RAF Bomber Command, Normandy and Arnhem
Steve as born in Whitstable Kent and after leaving school joined the Royal Air Force specialising as an RAF Police NCO. He saw service in Cyprus, the Falklands, Northern Ireland and with NATO carrying out peace keeping duties in Macedonia in 2002. He left the RAF in 2003.
In 2002 in his spare time he had started battlefield tours and decided that the best way forward was to become a qualified tour guide, which he achieved becoming a badged Guild of Battlefield Guide in April 2004.
He had been interested in military history from a very early age and the battlefields of the Western Front especially had a particularly big impact upon him. He grew up in the East Kent town of Whitstable and first toured the Somme at the age of 13 with his family and thereafter wanted to learn more about the death of his Great Grandfather, Frank Smith. Information, at best was sketchy as to what had happened to him. Since then he has learnt practically all there is to know about him.
For several years he has helped others to trace their military ancestors in WWI and WWII. He recently set up his own business to promote this. He says It is his aim to keep the memory of those that fell during WWI and WWII alive and to share his passion and knowledge with others interested in discovering more about those harrowing times.
He currently located in Norfolk, where he live with his family.
ISBN: 978 – 0750959193