Martin is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, The Western Front Association and the European Tour Operators Association.
It was during his first trip to the Western Front at the age of eleven that Martin began his lifelong passion for the Great War. His family's links with France and Flanders are strong. Both his grandfathers and two great uncles fought in the infantry, and a further two great uncles still lie beneath the Western Front, their names recorded on memorials to the missing. His father served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War serving in France and Germany.
Martin joined the Royal Marines in 1986, and after 27 years of commando service retired in the summer of 2013 having reaching the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major. During his career he specialised as a weapons and tactics instructor, training both recruits and young officers. Further training saw him spend two years as a jungle warfare and tracking instructor in Brunei. With the experience gained from two operational tours of Afghanistan Martin understands how close combat can forge unbreakable bonds of comradeship, and try the nerves of every individual. This unique insight allows for a battlefield tour perspective that no text book can provide.
Holding a Master's Degree in Leadership and Management, a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Diploma in Modern European History, Martin is an enthusiastic guide with a sound academic background. He thoroughly enjoys engaging with his tour group and helping to develop their understanding and knowledge of the Great War.