Lives in: Eccles,
Re-enacting WWII since April 2006
Re-enacts as: Sherwood
Forester & British Airborne
Wayne says: "I decided to get into
WWII re-enactment in memory of my father
Tom Stokes. He served in
"C" Company, 3rd Brigade of the 2nd battalion of the Sherwood Foresters
between 1939 and 1946.
"My father saw
in France when the 2nd Battalion were part of the British Expeditionary
Force in September 1939 and took part in the early stages of the 'Phoney
War' and the advance into Belgium. Ill-equipped for the task, they
were eventually pushed back to the coast and were successfully evacuated
"After some time training in England, my father found himself in Tunisia
in 1943 where he joined in the battles at Sedjenane and the Medjez
Plain. His unit suffered many casualties before the remnants of
the German Armies capitulated at Cap Bon. He was also with the 2nd Battalion when they took part in the assault
landing at Anzio in January 1944.
"At the end of the War he served with his comrades in Palestine, where he
stayed until being demobbed in 1946."
MY ADVICE TO ANYONE
THINKING ABOUT RE-ENACTING:
"Re-enacting is a hobby
where you can meet so many different people, all of them filled with
enthusiasm for the war, the memory of the people who lived through those
times, the fashions, and the sheer scale of history and what it was all
"There are many WWII and 1940s re-enactment groups around. Most
of them are friendly people who are willing to share their experiences
and fun with you - but there are a few who take things too seriously and
want to turn their hobby into a money-making business. We are all
here to have fun - from little kids wanting to find out more about
history, to veterans who want to reminisce about the past."