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Mark Allen - Guide

Mark’s interest in military history was forged at an early age with tales told by his grandfather, who had served as an older soldier in the Western Desert during the Second World War. This developed over the years into a passion for learning about the history of modern conflict.

Service both in UK and Bermuda police services, alongside time with the Royal Military Police as a reservist, was followed by 28 years as long-haul cabin crew with British Airways. This gave him the opportunity to visit many far-flung battlefields, museums and sites of military interest from Asia to Africa, and from the Middle East to the Americas, expanding his knowledge of not only the two world wars but of 20th century conflict in general.

Having taken early retirement, Mark currently focuses on the First World War and looks forward to sharing his passion about its history and related stories with students. He has a particular interest in the experiences and treatment of indigenous and first nation soldiers of both British Dominions and the Empire; the history of the Royal Sussex Regiment; and memorialisation following the Great War.

Fields of Expertise:

First World War