After settling in Melton Mowbray I gradually became aware of its fascinating history and characters over the centuries.
As an historic market town, known as the “Rural Capital of Food”, there’s more to Melton Mowbray than Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese! although I do have to say I do love a pork pie!
During my 27 years service with the RAF, I was extremely fortunate, some say lucky, to visit some interesting places and meet lots of interesting people, some of which were veterans of previous campaigns fought by our Royal Air Force.
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by military history, especially when it is related to the Royal Air Force. A subject which has become my full-time passion, or as some would say ‘obsession’.
I have been involved in genealogical research for over 30 years since the early 1990s when I first got hooked with the family history bug at RAF Marham. Since then I have researched my own family tree going back at least 8 generations to the late 1600s.
The experience gained from researching my own family tree led me onto researching military casualties for war memorials and war graves which helps me in my voluntary work with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and War Memorials Trust.
You can find links to my recent blogs below, or see the blog page for more information about them.
- 46 – Vice Admiral Sir William Gonson
- 45 – Melton’s Warship
- 44 – Tea Pot Craufurd
- 43 – Lady Sarah Wilson
- 42 – Beresford Memorial Window
In my spare time, I am an active volunteer as a public speaker and tour guide with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and a Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and the British Association for Local History.
Please see my pages about the guided history tours I offer around the historic market town of Melton Mowbray and also about the history talks that are held every month.
As Rudyard Kipling once said:
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
History is meant to be shared and I hope you will enjoy reading my blogs about the places and individuals I have researched as much as I have enjoyed researching and writing about them.
I look forward to welcoming you on one of my tours or at the monthly history talks at anytime you are in Melton Mowbray.