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 WWI history. We have visited Belgium/France for the past 3 years to research our WWI interest.
We’d like to share our stories with Groups. It is the background and stories of the Events which receives our (and hopefully your) attention.

About the Talks...

The talks last between 45 minutes and one hour. We bring our own equipment – laptop, projector, screen, speaker, voice amplifier.


We charge £60 plus travel expenses at 45p per mile. If you are a very small group, or our fee is above the maximum that you can afford, please make contact and lets see if we can come to an amicable agreement. We operate around the areas of West Midlands, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and like.

My Contact Details:

07889 716291

Crimson Fields

Public Speaker in the Midlands and Staffordshire Mick Byrne presents his talk Crimson Fields.

This is the story of Nurses and Surgeons who served on the front line in the Great War 1914-1918.

We tell the compelling stories of a number of these Heroines and Heroes, such as Edith Cavell, Nellie Spindler, Noel Chavasse and John McCrae.

We talk about QAIMNS, VAD and FANY nurses.

Also, the treatments and procedures developed by these extraordinary individuals and how they pioneered the direction of the whole medical profession today.

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.

What people say about our talks

Shot At Dawn – talk at Norton Canes Historical Society on 10th September 2019
‘Shot at Dawn’ was a most interesting talk enjoyed by all the members of the Norton Canes Historical Society.
Well presented, informative, emotional at times but enlightening as to the sheer numbers of killed, wounded and even our own ‘shot at dawn’. during this war. Would recommend to any society or club looking for speakers for their venues. Mo Garbett

Shot At Dawn – Sutton Coldfield Civic Society on 10th October.
I think you could tell that we all enjoyed your presentation on 10th October. It was clear that both you and Mick have done some extensive research and it’s so good to share that knowledge. I will certainly contact you for next year so that we can hear the next chapter. Caroline Stubbs

David Bardell Contact Details:

07889 716291