Most of my professional life has been spent in adult education apart from sometime working with the NHS. The latter years of my career were spent in higher education and in 2003 I was fortunate to be able to take early retirement. Since then I have been able to indulge in my interests. I am blessed to live in a part of the country where the most dramatic scenery of Southern Scotland and Northern England are on my doorstep â€“ all within an hours ride. Having outdoor interests I can walk the hills and coasts in this most spectacular country and visit sites of enduring historical interest in the Borders where for over four hundred years monarchs, and lawless families, struggled for control - with devastating results for the humble folk who lived here. Itâ€™s a folk-memory scarred by warfare; a landscape policed by martial architecture. Itâ€™s little wonder then that I have a profound interest in the Great War. Both my wifeâ€™s and my own family have casualties in them from the Great War. I have always taken the time to visit the memorials of casualties from both the World Wars in our local cemeteries or when visiting elsewhere; so when I met a TWGPP volunteer in Cheshire, becoming a volunteer myself was a logical step. I now have a purpose to my interest which, hopefully, will be of benefit to a family interested in the history of their forebears.
The project relies solely on volunteer help. If you believe you can help in any way (photographing, admin, sponsorship, etc) then please contact us. If you would like to help with the photography please download the Guidance and Volunteer policy PDF via link on the volunteers page.