Alex, a veteran participating in IWM's We Were There programme

9 Questions...

  • Where do you call home?

    Chelmsford, although I’ve always been a bit rootless.

  • What conflict(s) do you discuss when volunteering for We Were There?

    Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

  • How were you involved in that conflict?

    Infantry Officer – from Platoon Commander to Battlegroup Chief of Staff.

  • How long have you been volunteering for WWT?

    A little over one year.

  • What do you enjoy most about participating in WWT?

    Engaging with children – especially when they ask insightful questions.

  • Tell us your favourite moment so far during the sessions?

    When a young girl asked me about the effect of my deployments on my children, and I had to blink back a tear as I answered.

  • What’s your favourite object in IWM’s collections and why?

    Too many to choose from! I was an RAF brat, so I’m obsessed by all types of aircraft.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Read, spend time with friends and family, and travel.

  • What is your favourite biscuit?

    Army issue Garibaldi from the ration packs – sadly they changed the recipe a few years ago.

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