- Member since
- 10th September 2007
Ed has worked for the Home Office in the Border & Immigration Agency for 34 years and has been interested in military history and visiting battlefields for many years. He is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and holds badge number 11, presented to him by Prof. Richard Holmes. Since forming the highly sucessful battlefield touring company Battlefield Tours with friend of more than 35 years Col. Alain Chissel 11 years ago, Ed has led in excess of 500 battlefield tours for schoolchildren, adults and military groups. Ed has been running his own company, "Past Endeavours" for 8 years, and specializes in arranging and running bespoke tours of battlefields and other sites of military interest for individuals and small adult groups. These tours are tailored to the individual or party's requirements and can be of any duration. He can also carry out research on behalf of clients into their family member to provide a fuller picture of that person's involvement in their particular conflict, and will provide a full touring pack of maps, copies of original documents, photos etc. for the client's benefit. Ed has a website, www.pastendeavours.co.uk and can be contacted through the website or direct by e-mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of recent tours include a 7 day tour on behalf of a man and his 84-yr old mother to follow in the footsteps of his father from landing on Gold beach on D-Day, up "Club Route" to Arnhem, then on the the Rhine, taking in en route two places where the father had been billeted. A very emotional experience.
Another great tour was for 4 Aussies, three generations plus Mum, tracking down the site of action, and death, of a great-uncle now commemorated on the memorial at Villers Brettoneux.
Ed's areas of expertise are:
The Great War ( the battles of the Somme, Arras, Loos, Passchendale ), the Second World War, in particular the fall of France, The Battle of Britain, D-Day and the Normandy campaign, the Airborne and land battles in and around Arnhem, Hitler's V-weapons and the Atlantic Wall.
The Battle of Waterloo.
Anglia Battlefields Profile
- November 2007
I led a tour for 4 adults to the battlefields of Ypres to enable them to visit the Menin Gate to see the name of a relative who had perished on the opening day of the battle of Third Ypres, better known as the battle of Passchendale. Having obtained his…"
- October 2007
Tracing footsteps of the Past : A pilgrimage
When war was declared on 1st September 1939 Britain reluctantly sent another Expeditionary Force to France & Belgium as we had in August 1914 and men who had served as part of the first force would have been…"
Ed Church reviewed The D-Day Beaches in Normandy, France
June 6th, 1944 - D-Day. The most momentous day in the history of the 20th Century, possibly the modern age. Secure telex lines and printers began to clatter the length and breadth of Britain. The long wait was over – the great adventure was on. Tho…"