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Tony played a crucial role in the World War I Enrichment Experience at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. His arrival ‘in character’ as Sergeant George Riley on the Monday helped set the experience in context and provided the students with a good understanding of what life was like for soldiers during the Great War. This ensured that the students had a good grasp of the basic principles that would allow them to gain a greater understanding of the War.

Wilmington Grammar School

Tony’s passion and knowledge about The Great War is astounding.  He is a consumate story teller and I felt an emotional connection to this period in our history as well as personal gratitude to the courageous men and women who sacrificed so much for us all. He certainly made it all very real and I am so glad I got to see him live after reading and thoroughly enjoyng both his books.

Jane, Northwich Historical Society

Tony visited Wade Deacon for our recent Citizenship day. The theme of the day was the impact of war and Tony provided a thoughtful and interesting insight into the impact of the First World War.

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the talk as Tony came dressed as a soldier from the First World War and pupils enjoyed being able to see how the soldiers dressed, the weapons they carried and the impact this had on their lives. Tony’s passion and understanding of the war was excellent and this helped to reinforce his story to our pupils. Our day was based around the impact of war and Tony’s talk really helped to reinforce the impact of the First World War on a wide range of groups. I can recommend Tony for any talks on the First World War and the impact that it had; a very rewarding experience for our pupils and staff alike.

Scott Tither, History Teacher, Wade Deacon School, Widnes

         A fantastic talk - both entertaining and informative. The children have been talking about it ever since.

Rebecca Hogan, Head of History, Holbeach University Academy, Holbeach, Lincs.

Thank you for your input on Monday morning; it was a great success. You were able to give them so much information in a relatively short time!! You increased the children's interest in and enthusiasm for the topic and reinforced the importance of Remembrance. I particularly liked the end part when you encouraged the girls to pass onto the information to their children and their children's children...Of course they will remember the more disgusting parts of your lectures - the rats and weeing on handkerchiefs (!) but I think they are aware of the significance of the Great War too now.

Jessica Mumford - Birkenhead High School Academy (Junior dept)