‘In England men began to sense the agony of the Allies in the death grapple across the water, as they had done twenty-six years before in the retreat from Mons. Then the shadow moved still closer; we in Shorncliffe Hospital ceased to be merely spectators of the great drama and found ourselves engulfed like so many others and called to play our parts, too.’
JAR Memoirs of an Army Surgeon. William Blackwood 1948.
Chris has a background in audio-visual, but has dedicated himself to the preservation of Shorncliffe since 2005, in the process becoming an acknowledged expert on Shorncliffe and the Napoleonic Wars, joining the prestigious Peninsular War 200 Committee. He is consulted internationally on military subjects, both academic and in organising events.
Des is a Qualified Accountant who runs his own practice in Ramsgate in Kent. Prior to running his own business he worked for several large organisations in London in various Accounting roles. Des also has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Kent and is currently finishing his MA in 20th Century Conflict Archaeology.
Sue was Secretary of initially The Shorncliffe Redoubt Preservation Society, now The Shorncliffe Trust since 2007 to the present, and a Trustee since early 2013, helping maintain communications, carrying out research and supporting the Chairman and Trustees in the day to day running of the Trust.
Interested in history since childhood, educated to degree level obtaining a BA (Jt) Hons. Applied Social Policy and Sociology in 1992, and also an experienced family historian achieving the Higher Certificate in Genealogy awarded by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies Canterbury 2012.
Vince was treasurer of the Shorncliffe Redoubt Preservation Society from 2007-2013, currently supporters organizer and Trustee of the Shorncliffe Trust. Educated to degree level with a B.Sc. in mathematics 1996 and Senior Database analyst, expertise in Information Technology.