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Rhydian Vaughan

About Rhydian:

After Eton College and Mons Officer Cadet School, Rhydian was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in 1968. During his 9 years in the Army, he served in Germany, Texas, Norway, Cyprus, Sharjah, a tour in Northern Ireland, London District and finished his military career as operations officer in Berlin, during the cold war.

After a spell in the Lloyds of London Insurance Market, he has spent a career in Management Training/Talent development, helping others to work to their full potential and maximise their business opportunities.

Rhydian has been Battlefield Guiding since 2000 with eclectic groups, large and small, old and young. Passion is his driving force and bringing history to life: his strap line is “Without a passionate Guide, a battlefield is just a field”.

He is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and is Vice President of his branch of the Royal British Legion.

 

Areas of expertise (conducted tours to):
 

  Pre 20th Century


  1st World War

 

   2nd World War

  • Normandy - all invasion beaches and D-Day airborne operations and the fight inland, including Operations Epsom, Charnwood, Goodwood and the Falaise Gap.
  • Prague (assassination of Reinhard Heydrich)

 

Interests

 Sailing, Field sports, History & his spaniel

 

Languages

 

Conversational French

 

Guild of Battlefield Guides

 

Member

 

Available for:

Group and personal tours for all age groups

 

TESTIMONIALS

  • "Thank you for all the painstaking care and attention you took to ensure that we understood completely the nature of this unforgettable theatre of war. We were all deeply moved. It wasn't only the historical aspects you described so movingly but the small cameos which vividly painted the human story and the cost involved."  Jenny F 
  • "Rhydian's battlefield tours are a delight from start to finish; informative, moving and thoroughly rewarding .He is a knowledgeable and articulate guide with a great ability to communicate easily with people of different ages, backgrounds and levels of experience."The Master, The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers.
  • "Rhydian, your detailed insight and knowledge as well as your personal attachment to events made the whole trip come alive for us. We were very moved by the whole experience.." John C
  • "To stand before the grave of a 16 year old soldier, one year older than myself, who had died for his country was when it hit home to me how horrendous this war was. Thank you for changing my outlook on life with this battlefield tour. I shall treasure these memories for ever."   Sarah W
  • "Thanks to you and Wren for running such a great battlefield tour to the Normandy beaches. Very interesting, moving, super hotel and restaurants and also good fun with lots of building "esprit de corps" amongst the Curriers and with you. I think it ticked every box and you delivered everything promised and more."  The Master, The Worshipful Company of Curriers.
  • "Thank you for such a splendid tour of the Somme. You could not have given better briefing, guiding and dialogue during our three day visit - to say nothing of the navigation.Such a searing experience but I learnt a great deal and feel that we lacked nothing in feeling or character. I'm deeply indebted to you for such an excellent tour." Douglas M.

 

 

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