Mike Forrest

Photograph of Mike Forrest

I have had a life-long interest in military history, and as a real ‘battlefield enthusiast’ have walked many of the world’s legendary scenes of conflict in South Africa, Europe and the United States. I am an active member of the Palmerston Forts Society – based at Fort Nelson in Hampshire – which is an educational charity dedicated to the study and preservation of Victorian fortifications and artillery. One of my duties is that of a volunteer artilleryman, dressing in 1880’s uniform, performing authentic gun drills and firing nineteenth-century garrison artillery and field pieces. I give talks on various aspects of nineteen-century military history including the fortifications of Portsmouth, the British Army, the South African wars and the American Civil War, but am now extending my repertoire to include the First World War. I have recently returned from my second visit to the Gallipoli battlefields in Turkey to prepare for future talks and I’m currently writing a book on the Turkish fortifications of the Dardanelles. Whilst staying in Gallipoli I was able to visit 16 of the battlefield cemeteries to photograph selected graves that had been omitted from earlier visits by the TWGPP, and also the British Consular Cemetery in Canakkale.


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