What is The Old Barbed Wire?

It is a newsletter associated with my website The Long, Long Trail (all about the British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918) and my professional business in researching soldiers, Fourteeneighteen. I will be writing tutorial articles on how to carry out your own research; how to intepret military documents; and generally how to rebuild your ancestor’s army story. I will also throw in historical articles; bits about touring the battlefields; show you some of my photographs; and generally try to keep you entertained, informed and encouraged.

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I'm English and live in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. These days I count myself as a freelance military historian, researcher and author. I'm the name behind The Long, Long Trail website and professional research service Fourteeneighteen.