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What impressed me most was the way that he translated the bare facts about their life and military service into an easy to read, very personal story and uncovered things about both families that we knew nothing about.
I'd always known that I had a great uncle who had died in the First World War but nothing beyond that. A guided tour to the battlefields fired up my curiosity and Mike Selcon, of Eyewitness Tours, proved to be the perfect person to help me.
Not only had Mike found all the available military records relating to my grandfather, but he had also delved into his childhood and early family life giving me an insight into the hardships of his childhood and the dangers he faced in WW1.
I was delighted with the results. From the very sketchy information I provided ( a date of birth and a name) Mike brought my family's history alive.
I now know much more about the grandfather I never met and have a documentary record for my family to keep and refer to.
The wealth of detail was amazing. It was incredibly moving to see a photo of the memorial which records his sacrifice. The style of writing within the report was highly engaging and my whole family was fascinated by it.
An easy to read chronological account of both families, personalised with relevant documents - birth, marriage and death certificates, census records, local newspaper cuttings and personal family photos. War service accounts included maps and background to the actions served in with contemporary army records and medals earned. Comprehensive and highly satisfactory revealing several previously unknown details
I would recommend Mike to anyone considering researching the military history of a family member.
Our next project is to ask Mike to investigate another family member who survived the war but lost a leg! The service was highly professional and clearly based on a wealth of personal knowledge and vast experience. I couldn't recommend their services highly enough.
Thanks Mike for all your efforts it was much appreciated and enjoyed.
I don't have an address to send you a "proper" thank you letter but it is no less heartfelt for that. The trip was one of the most moving and powerful experiences of my life. You brought everything to life, so much so that I could almost see the battles unfolding. The visit to XXXX’s grave was almost unbearably moving for me and to be able to lay the poppy wreath on behalf of the family was a privilege. Thank you for suggesting it, I would not have realised it was possible otherwise. It really has been such a worthwhile trip and I'm so glad I did it. I learned so much and will, I'm sure, learn more. Thank you so much again, you were brilliant.
We had a great time- made so special by all the hard work [Mike] had put in to the “story” and by your excellent friendly company. I have already sung your praises to all who have asked about my holiday.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our day with you. It was a highlight of our trip [to Europe].
Well, where do I start to thank you!!! We had a great time and I'm sure we are boring everyone as we've not stopped talking about the trip. It was beyond our expectations. …. Thank you is really not enough to say how much we really enjoyed the tour and of course your company
This was an extremely worthwhile tour. The whole day was filled with emotion, beginning with the dawn service and followed by visits to battle sites and war cemeteries. Our guide, Mike, was a fountain of knowledge and was able to explain the significance of every place we visited. A day never to be forgotten.
Mike Scott provided an excellent overview and explanation at the respective battlefield sites of the disposition of Australian, British and German forces, the military and political logic (or illogic) and tactics, details of the tragic outcomes at these battlefields in terms of the loss of human life from all sides ….
The whole tour was expertly put together and meticulously researched, we have the folder put together by [Mike] with all the details, a wonderful legacy for our family. Although sad at times because of the tremendous loss of life it was a wonderful experience. ... The trip has had a profound effect on us
Marilyn and I would like to thank Mike Scott for the most interesting tour of NZ related WW1 sites on the Somme and Flanders. Mike knew the entire area like the back of his hand and his knowledge of each site was like an encyclopaedia. We will always be in debt for his exceptional 3 day tour, starting at Ashford, England.
Our [trip] with you was more than we expected, it was a truly fantastic day! I am sure that you arranged the sunshine for us too!
Thank you for arranging this. It was everything I hoped for and I think about it often. Your knowledge is incredible and you set exactly the right tone and pace for … a life learning experience.
You gave us an exceptional trip and spending time with you was a big part of that.
We had a lovely time thanks to your brilliant planning and good spirits. Thanks again for a wonderful tour,
The trip was Great! We would not have had such a full and rich experience if not for your guidance, wit and enthusiasm. Thank you.
Personally, I would really like to extend my thanks …. to Mike Scott for making my job a lot easier on the day and providing a good and professional service.