Doug is a professional photographer and a specialist in military history. He spent many years as head of PR for Thomson holidays, then ran criss management training courses while running his own travel PR company. Doug has always maintained a keen interest in military history and focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of The Somme. This interest started 20 years ago when Doug and his brother acquired 74 letters and documents written by their uncle from the trenches in France in 1915 and 1916. Their extensive research culminated on 15th September 2016 in High Wood exactly 100 years after Alec Reader, a private in The Prince of Wales Civil Service Rifles, was killed. Material placed in military archives has resulted in his life story appearing in many books and at commemorative displays.