Born in Greenwich in 1958, Steve probably first became interested in history as a small boy, when on a visit to Greenwich Park in the late 1960s, his Dad explained to him that the large holes in the plinth of the General Wolfe statue were in fact, caused by flying pieces of shrapnel.
This was no doubt followed by the question "What's shrapnel Dad?" The rest as they say is history!
Coming from a Merchant Navy background, Steve worked for P&O for 12 years before switching to the construction industry in the late 1980s, where he has remained working ever since. Perhaps because of the shipping background, Steve's first interest was naval history, although this has always been supplemented by a strong love of London and its varied past.
Since starting Blitzwalkers, Steve has guided frequent guided walks both in the centre of London and also in his native Blackheath & Greenwich, as well as many bookings for private groups and various school groups as well as The Touring Club of New Bern, USA and Archives for London.
Steve's late Mother, Doris worked at the Woolwich Arsenal throughout the war and had a 'War Job' working as a telephonist in the AFS/NFS. Steve's late Father, Ron was in the Territorial Army before the War and served overseas with the Royal Artillery and later, the RAF Regiment in Norway and North Africa, not returning home until 1944.
Away from history, Steve still lives in southeast London and is a lover of most sports, especially cricket and football and is a Charlton Athletic season ticket holder for his sins.
Like Steve, Neil is a product of 1958. Neil's interest in military history started having gone to see "Waterloo" at the sadly demolished Lewisham Odeon three times in one week. In the past ten years Neil has become passionate about the Blitz and developed London Blitz walks with Steve which they regularly conduct.
Neil has had his first book, “A Wander Through Wartime London” written with good friend and historian Clive Harris, published by Pen and Sword. He has also worked on the BBC Television programme “Tales from the London Blitz,” Channel 4 On-line, The City & Cripplegate Photographic Society, The Exmoor Choir in London and The London Bubble Theatre Company on their project “Grandchildren of the Blitz.” He regularly works on Blitz projects with Local Authorities and institutions.
Neil is currently working on his second book, “Islington and Finsbury During the Blitz” and has uncovered a considerable amount of unpublished documents and first-hand accounts.
Neil's late mother, Pat was a fire watcher during the Blitz in Crofton Park, South London and late father, John was an ARP messenger in neighbouring Brockley before serving with REME in East Africa after the War.