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Steve Denham, MBE

Battlefields Guiding and Military History

Steve (known by many as 'Sooty')  served in the Regular Army Infantry for 32 years with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, retiring as Warrant Officer.  He was very proud to have been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours, 1997, while serving as Acting Colour Sergeant in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.

After leaving the Regular Forces, Steve worked as a Schools Staff Instructor and Shooting Coach with a CCF Contingent.  As well as supporting teaching staff and training cadets, Steve took parties of cadets and school staff to the Great War Battlefields of the Western Front.

Steve is an avid reader and collector of of books on military history.  He has 15 years of Battlefields visits and his study of the history of the Great War includes both British and German armies.

During his regular Battlefields trips, Steve has been particularly interested in the role that the Sherwood Foresters played in significant WW1 offensives; he has family members commemorated at Tyne Cot, Le Touret and Thiepval - all but one of whom are Foresters.

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Lorraine Johnson

Genealogy and Military History

Genealogy and social history have been obsessions for Lorraine since the early 1980s; she is an Associate of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives).  Lorraine has extensive collections on the surnames Giltrap and Waymark (and variants) and is a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

Lorraine has worked as a secondary school maths teacher since 1989 and is a recently retired Deputy Head.  She currently teaches maths part time and is also a Lieutenant, Head of the Royal Navy Section, in her school's CCF Contingent.

A regular visitor to the National Archives at Kew and local archives across the country, Lorraine is an experienced researcher of both 19th Century and 20th Century military history.

Lorraine has family members buried in and commemorated at Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemeteries and memorials across Belgium and France.  She is researching their military careers using primary and secondary sources and is a 'regular' at The National Archives, Kew.

In organising tours for colleagues and pupils, we realised that it was the unique combination of Steve's knowledge of the battlefield sites and cemeteries together with Lorraine's work on the family histories of those on the tours that worked so well to make a personal and bespoke experience for all who took part.

Our ambition for each of our tours is to offer something much more than an 'off-the-shelf' Battlefield Tour to those who travel with us.

Steve's narrative, given from the perspective of an experienced soldier, as well his broader knowledge of military history, serves to make each day interesting and absorbing.

As well as being the 'resident' genealogist and contributing to the military history content of the tour, Lorraine acts as tour manager, helping to ensure that the practical aspects of the tour run smoothly.

If you have specific places that you would like to visit, a particular Battalion or serviceman that you would like to follow we can plan a tour for you.

If you want to know more about your own family's involvement in WW1, we can research it for you and use that information in the  planning of your tour.

You decide how many days you would like to spend on the Battlefields and we will create the itinerary for each of the days of your tour, liaising fully with you throughout the whole planning process.

Hooge Crater, picture taken on a recent visit
Hooge Crater, picture taken on a recent visit