About Us - Your Tour Guides

World War One Tour Guide, Mike WilliamsonMike Williamson

Following my early retirement as headteacher (principal) of a large Kent school I have been able to devote more time to my great passion; the First World War, especially The Battles of The Somme 1916 and 1918.

My interest in the First World War has developed over many years. For the past seven years I have conducted numerous tours for visitors from the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the USA, Germany and South Africa.

In 2004 I purchased a large 200 year old farmhouse in the Somme Department, some 35 minutes away from the 18 mile long battlefield. The house and barn conversion has been lovingly restored by the family and now provides a wonderful base for family holidays and tours of the battlefields.

World War One Tour Guide Gile Guthrie Giles Guthrie

I have been working in partnership with Mike Williamson as a tour guide for the past 3 years.

As a history graduate with a BA in history and MA in museum studies, I have been lucky enough to have had a career in human history with twenty years experience as a museum curator and collections manager, including for the Royal West Kent Regimental museum.

This has given me the opportunity to develop a specialist understanding of how to research the many different regiments and battles of the First World War, and has helped me acquire in-depth knowledge.

I have now branched out into a new career as a tour guide, working in partnership with Mike Williamson.

My personal interest is in the bringing to life the detailed experiences of individual soldiers and sharing these within the context of the Western Front Battlefields.

Working closely with guests, I specialise in personal research prior to the tour, thus creating bespoke visits to specific significant battle sites and monuments.

In this way our tours reflect the needs and interests of individuals and enable everyone to commemorate and remember within a warm and informal environment.