Tim has guided tours to battlefields and remembrance sites since 2008, leading groups of veterans, schools parties, serving military and the general public to widen understanding of the meaning and realities of conflict, in both present-day and historical contexts. Before this, he served in the Royal Navy, for 35 years, when he took part in several battlefield studies as the maritime expert. These helped broaden his life-long interest in naval history to encompass land and air campaigns of the 20th century.
Whilst preferring to look at battlefields with a nautical or amphibious flavour, such as Gallipoli, Dunkirk or Normandy, he is equally at home guiding on the Somme, in Flanders, or other land-locked regions. Some prefer to focus their remembrance nearer to home; Tim has also led students, civilians and servicemen on visits to memorials, museums and historic sites in the UK, such as those in London and Portsmouth.
Tim was an integral part of researching and organising the HMS Egret tour and is head of organising commemorative naval tours.
|Areas of expertise (conducted tours to):
1st World War
|2nd World War
Sicily and Salerno in Italy
Maritime and amphibious warfare. Also involved in amateur theatre.
The Norwegian campaign and the Battle of the Atlantic
||French & German|
|Guild of Battlefield Guides
|Criminal Record Bureau Checked:
(cleared to work with all age groups)
|Available for:||Group and personal tours for all age groups|
"Tim Stoneman was brilliant and got on famously with everyone - he also adapted the programme as necessary to suit the needs of those on the trip. The class were still buzzing when we got back to Stoke at nine o clock last night, the teachers just as much as the pupils! The guidance and expert knowledge was first class, and the amendment at Arras to incorporate Matt's great-grandfather's memorial was an inspired suggestion. That single event of Matt laying the wreath opened up the way for everything we wanted to achieve over the weekend". (Youth Development Worker, Stoke City Council)
"Personally I feel very privileged to have met you and cannot thank you enough for all you did for us, (some of which was above and beyond the call of duty). I really hope that our maritime paths (or others) cross again. Well once again Tim, many thanks from the branch, and all my best wishes for everything you do." (Honorary Secretary, Royal Naval Association (Hull Branch)
"On behalf of all those who went on the Zeebrugge Pilgrimage I would like to thank you for being such a good guide. You opened our eyes to episodes in our history that we knew little or nothing about, and made it come alive. Many want to know more, I include myself among them. Thank you once again and hope you will guide us again on some future pilgrimage." (Secretary, Kimbolton Branch, Royal British Legion)