Pete Chapman is a former Grenadier Guardsman who’s lifelong interest in military history was stimulated further by the regimental history learnt during evening shining parades as a recruit. His admiration for Tommy Atkins, (Jack Tar & Jolly too!) in all his variations, has driven Pete to research the military history of his own family in both world wars, and latterly to undertake this current project.
For me the fascination lays in the diversity of the men socially, by employment, or by age and the fact that the vast majority would never normally have considered a life in the services, but did so for as long as they had to, and then simply went back to try and pick up their lives where they left them.
Simon Pearce graduated from the University of Southampton in 2010 with a degree in History and a Masters in Historical Research, specialising in the Spanish Civil War. After university he worked as a volunteer researcher at the Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, predominantly focusing on First World War research. In addition to this, Simon completed an internship on the BBC genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are honing his skills as a researcher.
I hope this book will emphasis the global scale of the conflict that the Romsey Boys served in; from the coast of Chile, to the mountains of Italy, to the deserts of Baghdad.