Joined Dec 30 2012
69 years old
I am a 60 year old very amateur Australian historian married for 32 years with 4 children and 2.5 grandchildren with an avid interest in WW1. The photo is me at the real Hitler Bunker in Fromelles in my 1st of 3 self drives (so far since 2007) through Europe including the WW1 and some WW2 Battlefields in France & Belgium of which I have spent approx. 12 weeks all up in these hallowed grounds. I have taken literally 1000's of photos of Allied Battlefields (not just Australian) though I remain a real Aussie Flag waver, but my pride spreads to all who fought & died.
I have read profoundly & have an extensive DVD & book collection. If anyone has an interest in my family's multitudinous connections in the WW1 & 2 Battlefields giving reason to my particular interests, I ask that you may look at www.smythe.id.au which is about my family including 4 great uncles (3 survived) who received 5 MC's as well as 2 MID's between the 3 survivors whom I had the pleasure of meeting when much younger. Many authors including Paul Kendall (Bullecourt 1917) have used largish chunks of the family site which was written & collected by my mother Margaret, I wordsmithed her efforts and all was placed on a beautiful site set up & maintained by a cousin - Jacqui.
I am only too happy to share any photos or information I have to anyone who asks (if I have the info) and if I may help anyone, please just ask. I am also retired and have time on my hands to help that way. Your site is one I am happy to have been accepted into and will read with interest what is contained within - Thank You - my email address is email@example.com.