Follow in the footsteps of HEROES!Trip Advisor Award

Bob Brunsdon

GBG Badged Guide No 49 Bob Brunsdon
Bob Brunsdon spent his childhood in and around Gloucester and was educated at the city's King's School, in the shadow of its beautiful cathedral. He served for twenty-seven years as a regular police officer and a varied and eventful police career saw him seconded to the United Nations in Bosnia, to the US Forces training the Iraqi Police in firearms and search techniques, and he still serves in a voluntary capacity as a Special Constable. He was an officer with the Cadet Forces for almost thirty years and is an enthusiastic member of both the Battlefields Trust and Western Front Association. He has a keen interest in the history and prehistory of his home county, guides tours of historic Gloucester for the city's Civic Trust, and is a member of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.

He comes from a family with a long history of voluntary military service. Both his grandfathers served with the Gloucestershire Regiment in World War One, his father with the Eighth Army in World War Two, and his uncle lost his life in 1944 serving with Bomber Command. Whilst still at school his interest in military history was fostered by his headmaster, who encouraged him to research the names on the school's war memorial, and it was this that first took him to the Western Front and sowed the seeds of a lifelong interest in exploring battlefields. In pursuit of this he has visited counties as far afield as Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Turkey, Israel and Jordan as well as most of Europe. He joined the Guild in 2007 and was proud to be presented with Badge 49 on 20th November 2010.

His main interests are the Western Front, the Anglo-Zulu War and Bomber Command in World War Two, as well as researching war memorials and the England international rugby players who lost their lives in World War One. He encourages visitors to examine a battlefield from the participants' viewpoint and to help them explore and interpret the ground, using period maps and source documents. He particularly enjoys guiding small family groups and individuals who are following in the footsteps of relatives who fought, and often died, in the service of their country.