The Guild Badge

Badge No: 26
Areas of expertise:
World War I
Western Front
Italy
World War II
North West Europe
Italy
The Canadians in WW1 and WW2
British–Afghan Wars
English Civil War
Wars of the Roses

Dudley Giles has been a battlefield guide for almost 20 years and a cyclist even longer. In March 2012 he finally retired from the Army – after more than 32 years service as a military police officer – in order to set up Battlefields by Bike, a company which now allows him the time and opportunity to combine and indulge his twin passions.

As a battlefield guide Dudley has previously taken clients to all of the battlefields in the Battlefield by Bikes portfolio – usually on foot or in vehicles – but he has now used his cyclist’s ‘eye’ to adapt them for this new and very niche market. His aim is to give traditional battlefield tourists the opportunity to gain insights and experiences that only being ‘part of the environment’ can bestow, and to introduce the general cyclist to the unique world of battlefield tourism.

Equally at home dealing with the principal European battlefields of both World Wars, his portfolio also includes all the major British battlefields associated with the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War.

Dudley is a graduate of the University of Birmingham’s renowned taught MA in British First World War Studies and in 2009 won the Max Rosen Essay Prize for his essay on Corps level operations on the Western Front. He graduated from the course with Distinction in 2010.

Dudley has also acted as the Director of Development for the International Guild of Battlefield Guides having himself undertaken the Guild’s rigorous accreditation process in 2007 for which he was awarded Badge No 26.

In 2008 Dudley provided the battlefield guides for the very first Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride and since then he and his colleagues have helped plan and execute each of the charity’s annual rides. He is now using this experience to help other Service charities wishing to put on bike rides ‘with a battlefield theme’.