David Bardell

Location: Sutton Coldfield West Midlands
About the Speaker...

Having retired from a career in IT and Business Project Management, continued to build up a strong knowledge and interest in Military History.
Working with a friend, Mick Byrne, we have developed a compelling passion for the Shot At Dawn story. We have visited Belgium/France for the past 3 years to research our WW1 interest.
We’d like to share this heartbreaking story with Groups. It is the background and stories of the Event which receives our (and hopefully your) attention.

About the Talk...

The talks lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. We bring our own equipment – laptop, projector, (screen if required) voice amplifier. Just require power supply in proximity of the Talk.


We charge £50 within ten miles of Sutton Coldfield, further afield modest travel charges to be negotiated. We operate around the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and like.

My Contact Details:

07889 716291

Shot at Dawn

Public Speaker in Staffordshire, Mike Byrne presents his talk  SHOT AT DAWN

Between 1914 and 1920, more than 3,000 British soldiers were sentenced to death by courts martial for desertion, cowardice, striking an officer, disobedience, falling asleep on duty or casting away arms.

However, only 346 were actually executed with 37 of these having committed capital crimes such as murder. The remaining 309 become the centrepiece of our Talk.

We explain the Background to how these events unfolded; we pick out a handful of examples and tell their stories; we explain how they were finally pardoned after 90 years of disgrace to their families.

David Bardell Contact Details:

07889 716291