Mark Banning WW1 Talks and Research
Talks

I have spoken to many local groups on the subject of the Great War, but often focusing in areas specific to that groups’ interest.

In many cases I have researched some of the men listed on local war memorials and woven their story in the larger picture.

Frensham and Dockenfield Local History Group
The Headley Society
The Kingsley Group
Weyside Rotary
Inner Wheel – Weyside and Farnham
Farnham Rotary
Weyside Rotary

 

If you would like me to speak to your group, please contact me to discuss topics and timeframes.

 

Research

Researching First World War soldiers can be a time consuming business with no guarantee of success at the end of the process. I live close to the National Archives at Kew and it is easy for me to visit this great treasure house of documentary evidence.  Additionally, there are other local resources nearby, including the Prince Consort Library in Aldershot which contains Official Histories of many British Army Regiments. Personal records are not always available, but War Diaries, maps and other official documents can help to give a much better understanding of a relative’s service during the war.

Having gained a greater insight into your relatives service, you may want me to create a bespoke battlefield trip to enable you to follow the in footsteps, or as much as is possible in some of the redeveloped areas of the Western Front.

Recent trips based on this premise include a large Australian family group visiting the locations of respective grandfathers, both of whom survived and a father and son following family members who both lost their lives at different parts of the front and at different times of the fighting.

 

 

 

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