Re-enacting WWII since: 2005
Re-enacts as: Field Marshal Montgomery & Generalfeldmarschall
Professions: Retired cabinet maker
"I was an infant during the Second World War. We lived in Shepshed
near Loughborough. My father, a cabinet maker owning his own
timber store, was disabled and so was unable to join the forces.
However, during the day he was employed as a handicraft instructor by
Leicestershire Education Authority, so he taught
people how to make things that were useful either in the home or for the
war effort; and during the evenings he did his bit as an ARP warden
(this later became part of the Civil Defence).
"I can remember,
towards the end of the war, there was a prisoner of war camp about three
miles away from our village, and our soldiers used to march the
prisoners past our house to take them to the cinema. All the
villagers' curtains twitched as the men were marched past their houses.
"I originally trained
as a Dental Technician, but later left that profession and became a
cabinet maker like my father. For over fifteen years I ran my own
business, but also found time to spend three years in the Territorial
Army. I didn't get to go anywhere exciting but it was a useful
"I suppose I got into
re-enacting quite late in life. Great Central Railway is near to
where I live, and I started going to their 1940s events. Lyn Hill,
one of the organisers, wanted a line-up of wartime dignitaries. They
already had a "Churchill" and "Mountbatten", but no "Monty", so I
thought I might be able to impersonate him. I hired a uniform to
do it, and had such a good time taking part in the event that I
subsequently bought my own uniform so I could portray "Monty" more
often. I also began helping to organise the Great Central Railway
1940s event each year, and now also help out with similar events at
Shepshed Watermill and
"In 2012, I started
to portray Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel. Unlike other German
leaders, Rommel was well respected by both sides; even Winston Churchill
paid a tribute to him in the House of Commons when he said of him:- 'We
have a very daring and skillful opponent against us, and, may I say
across the havoc of war, a great general".
"I joined Northern
Forties because I find them to be a very co-operative group who keep
their members well informed about events that are coming up.
"It may have taken me
some years, but I have now persuaded my wife of 50 years, Dorothy, to
get involved with the group too."