Available to individuals or organisations
Further information for those seeking a military historian
As with all my services, they are available to individuals or organisations. Please be assured that I offer an equally considerate service for each client.
If you are an organisation that has a project which needs to appoint a military historian then please get in touch with your details here. I am happy to work and communicate with other members of the project team. This includes attending meetings to report on progress and speak publicly at events for an organisation.
Having obtained my late father’s Second World War service record 1940 – 1946 which confirmed he had served in North Africa, the Middle East and been awarded 5 medals with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) operating as a driver, I wanted to find out much more detail regarding which campaigns his unit was involved with, where these had taken place etc.
After contacting ‘National Archives’ I was just referred to various web sites which proved to be very complex and time consuming with no guarantee of finding the detail I was looking for.
I therefore decided to appoint an independent researcher and from the National Archive list selected Dr. Maslen.
From the outset, Dr. Maslen was very clear and concise regarding the research service he could offer, costs and timescales.
Over a period of 4 months, communications were excellent and I was presented with regular updates/stage reports detailing progress.
The information was first class providing me with just the sort of detail I was looking for e.g. campaigns actually served in North Africa, Libya, Sicily and Italy.
I had now been presented with over 1,000 pages including photographs detailing my father’s service record with the REME.
Whilst I could have gone through all this information and extracted the key data, I took up the option of requesting Dr. Maslen to do this and produce a summary report from which I received an excellent concise 9 page report.
As a result of and thanks to Dr. Maslen’s expertise, experience and excellent work including researching REME history, War Office and Cabinet files, Public and service records etc., I now have a detailed report and understanding of my father’s WW11 service record which will be kept and handed down through future generations of my family.
Gilbert M Wilkinson
Several years ago I obtained my father’s war record. Like many other people, my knowledge of what my father did in the war was sketchy at best. From one photograph I ascertained that my father was in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, however, the war record showed that he initially enlisted in the RAOC.
After a couple of years trying to make sense of the war record on my own I realised that I needed the help of a professional. I made contact with Dr Maslen and over the past eighteen months, he has traced my father through different theatres of war and countries.
Dr Maslen’s work has been conscientious and thorough. Because I expressed an interest in finding out more about my father’s experiences he includes book and website references so I can find out more information for myself. His research also includes material which gives insight into the places my father was stationed. It gives me a sense of the places; the dangers but also the atmosphere of life in war conditions. Dr Maslen is willing to answer any question, no matter how ridiculous it seems. I am pleased to recommend him to others seeking the assistance of an Archival Researcher.