I am thirty four years old and have been collecting British Empire militaria seriously for the last ten years. I have also been involved in World War Two re-enactment and I was a reservist with the Royal Navy. I am married with a little boy and a little girl; I hope that as they gets older I can pass on my love of all things military to them as well (my wife might have other ideas though!).
I probably spend far more on militaria than I should, but as a tight Yorkshireman I am always on the lookout for a bargain and as my knowledge of my subject has increased so have my chances of finding that diamond in the rough. Just as I have learnt from other collectors through books and the web, I hope my blog will help highlight some interesting artifacts for reference by other collectors. I make no apologies for admitting that much of what I write is based on others’ original research, but hopefully the combination of this and the photos will be of value.
I started this blog because I realised I was collecting all these wonderful items and the vast majority went in a box and were never seen or enjoyed by anyone besides myself. I have found that writing these blog posts has encouraged me to research the items in my collection and increased my knowledge and understanding of them. Hopefully you will enjoy reading these posts as much as I have done writing them.
I am always happy to discuss commissions for writing articles and short pieces on British Military history for publication- just drop me an email at the address below. I have had the following pieces published:
Telephone Loudspeaker Control Unit, The Armourer, April 2017, pp94-95
Collecting on A Budget, The Armourer, May 2017, pp42-45
British WWII Webbing, The Armourer, June 2017, pp88-91
British Tank Crew in Normandy, The Armourer, July 2017, pp86-91
Small Arms of Dunkirk, The Armourer, September 2017, pp46-51
Stukas Over Dunkirk, The Armourer, September 2017, pp65-68
The Long Range Desert Group, The Armourer, October 2017, pp38-42
British 2in Mortar, The Armourer, October 2017, pp50-53
Heinkels over Britain, The Armourer, November 2017, pp62-65
The Panzer IV at Stalingrad, The Armourer, December 2017, pp80-83
Collecting the RAF, 100 Years of the RAF 1918-2018, 2017, pp124-128
Ragged Men of the Jungle, The Armourer, March 2018, pp78-81
Greek Army on Crete, The Armourer, April 2018, pp67-70
Death from Above, The Armourer, May 2018, pp92-95
Flying Kit of the Bomber Crews, The Armourer, June 2018, pp52-55
After the Dams Burst, The Armourer, June 2018, pp82-85
Uniforms and Equipment of US Cavalrymen, The Armourer, July 2018, pp40-43
The Tanks of Kursk, The Armourer, August 2018, pp78-81
British and Empire Uniforms in Italy, The Armourer, October 2018, pp55-58
The Uniform and Gear of the US Marine Corps, The Armourer, November 2018, pp64-67
Victory China, The Armourer, December 2018, pp60-63
Luftwaffe Flight Uniforms, A Guide to Collecting German Militaria, 2018, pp68-71
SOE Field Equipment, The Armourer, January 2019, pp44-47
My first book, written in collaboration with Michael Skriletz, entitled ‘British Empire Uniforms 1919-1939’ is due to be published in August 2019.
If you have any questions about British and Empire Militaria, would like to discuss a display and/or lecture or have an interesting item of militaria you would be interested in parting with; please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org