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The Battlefield Guide – Frank Toogood
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England
The War Sonnets: V. The Soldier Rupert Brooke Photo: Jack and daughter Janice by the grave of Jack’s uncle, Pte. J W Robinson, at Bray Military Cemetery on the Somme What they said…
Following in the footsteps…
Some of Frank’s clients have asked him to undertake research on a family relative who fought in a foreign field. This research sometimes then goes on to form the basis of a tour, designed so that they can then follow in their relative’s footsteps to better understand what they did and went through. In some cases, this ends with the opportunity of visiting their relative’s grave, or the memorial they are commemorated on, and a moment for personal reflection and remembrance. This can often be a very rewarding and moving experience. For further details, contact Frank.
Frank was the first recipient of the Richard Holmes Award, in recognition for his personal contribution to the improvement and further development of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. The award features a figure of an Essex Yeomanry Trooper of the Great War. Both Frank and Richard started their military careers in the Essex Yeomanry. The award was presented by Lizzie Holmes at the Guild’s 2011 Annual Dinner at the Royal Armoured Corps Officers’ Mess, Bovington.
The Waterloo Collection
Frank features as one of the presenters of the recently released Waterloo Collection DVD set produced by Battlefield History TV for Pen & Sword.
You can see Frank presenting in 3 of the 4 parts: “Hougoumont & D’Erlon’s Attack”, “Cavalry Charge – La Haie Sainte & Plancenoit: The French & Prussian Attacks” and “Victory and Pursuit” together with his fellow Badged Guides
of the Guild.
This is a personal project to identify all the men recorded on Great War Memorial in St. Mary’s Church, Bocking, who gave their lives during the conflict of 1914-18. There’s still some work to find a number of those named, so if you can help, any information would be gratefully received.
Frank was one of the original co-founders and former Trustee of Project Hougoumont - a heritage project established to save Hougoumont farm on the site of the 1815 battlefield of Waterloo in Belgium. Its aim is to ensure that the site is sound and intact for the long–term future, with a view to attracting and educating more visitors. You can visit the website to find out more or donate to the project.
The Battlefield Guide is Frank Toogood, a Guiding Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, Badge Number 39.
Based in the UK, Frank specialises in bespoke walking battlefield tours for small groups following the Battle of Waterloo, the Great War on the Western Front, D-Day and Peenemünde, where the V–2 was developed during WWII.
As these tours are bespoke, costs are dependent on the number of people in your party, length of tour, time of year, and the type of accommodation you desire. He may not be able to compete against large tour operators on costs, but he'll beat them every time on quality of service. If that's what matters to you and you want a guide with real passion, then why not let Frank take you on tour and let him bring alive the personalities, their stories and the horrific and vivid events that took place on Europe's hallowed acres.
Tweet of the day
#OTDIH, 6 Dec 1917 – #WWI: USS Jacob Jones - 1st US destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when torpedoed by sub U-53
Frank Toogood is a superb battlefield guide. He walked me through a clear and compelling description of the strategic, tactical and human highlights of the battle. I can't imagine a more able companion to help you understand what happened at Waterloo.