Simon Hopkin served for 36 years as a regular army officer. After Sandhurst he joined the Royal Artillery where he specialised in air defence, although he also had experience of both field and locating artillery. He completed two representational appointments in Canada and France. On retirement from the regular army he served a further 10 years as a TA officer and until recently held the appointment of Cadet Executive Officer with Surrey Army Cadet Force.
He became interested in battlefield touring following visits to the Ardennes, Verdun and two operational tours in the Falkland Islands. Since then he has travelled extensively to the battlefields of South Africa (Anglo/Zulu Wars) and the Falkland Islands. He has been guiding since 2003 and has led many tours to Ypres, Somme, Vimy and Normandy.
He is a fluent French speaker following exchange tours with the Canadian Army in Montreal, Quebec and the French Army in the South of France. He is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He thoroughly enjoys the opportunity of introducing people to past conflicts/battles and the challenge of bringing these historical scenarios to life.
|Areas of expertise (conducted tours to):||Pre 20th Century
1st World War
Somme, Verdun, Ypres; Vimy
|2nd World War
|Guild of Battlefield Guides
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(cleared to work with all age groups)
|Available for:||Group and personal tours for all age groups|