My first visit to the Somme in 2008 followed my discovery earlier that year that several members of my family had served in the First World War and one had been killed in 1917 – you can read about my research into him here.
Since late 2008 I have been researching the men from my local area, Carshalton in Surrey, who died in the war and are commemorated on the local war memorial. My book about the men, Their Name Liveth for Evermore: Carshalton’s First World War Roll of Honour, was published by The History Press in October 2014. The book can be purchased from Amazon here:
I am also particularly interested in the war service of The Queens’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and the East Surrey Regiment, and I’m dipping in out of researching men on the other war memorials local to me.
I have written for Argunners, Centenary News and Sutton Voice, and have reviewed books, DVDs and apps for: All About History magazine, The History Vault, Reveille Press, Warfare Magazine, The History Press, Pen & Sword, Uniform Press, Helion & Company, Tommies Guides, FireStep Publishing, East Surrey Family History Society, Icon Books, and Military Research. Please contact me if you would like your book, DVD, or app reviewed.
I have experience leading groups to the battlefields, from school groups to a bespoke trip for people from the local area that I ran in conjunction with Eyewitness Tours. Most recently I guided for Leger Holidays on the 5 day ‘Great Pilgrimage 90’ tour for the Royal British Legion.
I have extensive experience using a variety of archives and sources and am available for assistance with archival research or research projects. I can also undertake research into individual soldiers; please contact me for a quote.
You can contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also on Twitter – @ww1geek_andy
My Flickr page of war memorials – www.flickr.com/photos/131282629@N06/sets
Carshalton War Memorial website – www.carshaltonwarmemorial.webs.com