Being Franco-Australian, I'm fully bilingual and very familiar with many of the towns and villages in the WW1 Western Front region.
My interest in WW1 was awakened when I researched my family history and discovered my Great Grandfather's (4th Australian Divisional Signalling Coy) and Great Uncle's (41st Battalion AIF, Lewis machine gun handler) participation on the Western front. Like many of these men, they never spoke about their experiences, and their stories were never told. My great grandfather returned but his brother didn't.
I then located and visited his grave, and the emotion I felt when I visited his grave and saw my family name engraved on his headstone was a pivotal point in my life, turning myself to research military history, especially of the brave young Anzacs on the Western Front in WW1. Over the years I have gained extensive experience through the various military history jobs I have been involved in. I had worked in a French WWII memorial known as the "Maison d'Izieu" in the Rhone-Alpes region for a number of years as guide and receptionist, which tells the sad and horrific fate of 44 deported Jewish children captured by Klaus Barbie and his team of SS.
After moving to the Pas de Calais, I then gained more experience in a WWI museum and tourist office as battlefield guide in the area, meeting people from all over the world. Being Australian and living just near the Somme, I feel I have a deep connection and compassion for these brave young Australians who served in France so far from home, fighting for a country which wasn't theirs. It has now become my true passion to honor and pay tribute to these men, and to help all generations of today to understand why and what happened here. They must never be forgotten.
My compassion is not only limited to Australians but all nationalities that participated in the Great War. It is for this reason I have decided to devote my time and career to remembering these men. It is so important that younger generations continue the legacy.
All my tours are private and flexible. When necessary tours are adjusted to adapt to required needs such as following the footsteps or a grave of a soldier.
I look forward to hearing from you and sharing my knowledge of these exceptional sites on the Western Front.
A Recent Review of this guide
Brilliant tour with Myriam Thompson. Flexible, super nice, knowledgeable. An absolute treat.
Official guide for the Somme Tourist Board - Somme Battlefields Partners, France
Public transport licence 2016/31/0000498 delivered by the Ministère Chargé des Transports - D.R.E.A.L
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