Meet the Guides

Our Team of Subject Matter Experts

Ian Gumm

Ian Gumm

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 62

Ian is the CEO and founder of In The Footsteps as well as being a full-time professional battlefield historian ...

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Bob Brunsdon

Bob Brunsdon

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 49

Bob Brunsdon spent his childhood in and around Gloucester and was educated at the city's King's School, in the ...

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Allan Wood

Allan Wood

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 66

Allan (Chippy) Wood is the proud holder of Badge Number 66 of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. He ...

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David Mathias

David Mathias


David is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with a lifetime of service in the Royal Navy and both the Regular and Territorial ...

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John Greene

John Greene

Associate Member GBG

Lt Col John G Greene, AUS (Ret.), is a native of Connecticut with a B S in Education from Western Connecticut University ...

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Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Associate Member GBG

Pete's life has revolved around the Great War since he inherited his grandfather's medals and diary as a small boy ...

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Willem Kleijn

Willem Kleijn

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 61

Willem has been organising guided Airwar tours around former German Deelen Airfield near Arnhem under the ...

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Paul Oldfield

Paul Oldfield

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 51

Paul Oldfield spent 36 years in the British Army, including operations in Ulster, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and ...

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Wybo Boersma

Wybo Boersma

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 30

Wybo was born just before the Second World War and still has some memories of that time; Jewish people being hidden by ...

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John Anderson

John Anderson

Somme Partnership
Guide # 9

Originally from Alnwick in Northumberland, John grew up surrounded by the history of the town and area. During the ...

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Tony Smith

Tony Smith

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 53

Tony comes from a family that saw service in both the World Wars. His mother's father was in France during the ...

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David Harvey

David Harvey

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 63

David began exploring battlefields, castles and other defensive sites as a teenager. These early interests became a ...

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Eric Ratcliffe

Eric Ratcliffe

In 1975 Eric learned to fly gliders and light aircraft at an old WW2 US Air Force Bomber base where he began to get an interest ...

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Iain McHenry

Iain McHenry

Born in Belfast in 1971, the son of a soldier, Iain grew up in Germany, England and Northern Ireland. After leaving ...

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Jon Haslock

Jon Haslock

Jon's interest in the First World War was sparked as a young boy listening to the stories of veterans in his village. His interest ...

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Bob Darby

Bob Darby

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 29

Bob Darby has been guiding battlefields tours for some 20 years and took early retirement from a successful financial ...

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Adrian Ridley-Jones

Adrian Ridley-Jones

Associate Member GBG

Adrian spent 16 years as a professional soldier in the British Army, both in the Infantry (Parachute Regiment) and Royal ...

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Tim Wright

Tim Wright

Associate Member GBG

Unlike most other people with a passion for the Great War, Tim has Disneyland Paris to thank for the start of his ...

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Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell


Ian was born and brought up in Yorkshire. During a varied career Ian has worked as a civil servant before serving in both ...

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Mike St Maur Sheil

Mike St Maur Sheil

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 38

After reading Geography at Oxford University, Michael St Maur Sheil began his career in photojournalism ...

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John Cotterill

John Cotterill

Accredited Member
GBG Badge No 10

John Cotterill retired from the Army in 2014 after 37 years regular service in the Worcestershire and ...

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