Hello, my name is Scott Knowles and I would like to welcome you to “The Tommy Teaches”. Firstly I would like to dedicate this site to all who have given their lives, been disabled and continue to serve in Her Majesties Armed Forces as a result of ongoing conflicts throughout the world so we may retain our liberty.
In particular to the following members of my family:
7th Btn East Lancashire Regiment,
Wounded Passchendaele 1917, Medically discharged.
After collecting militaria for many years and researching the service histories of my two great uncles (both killed) and grandfather (medically discharged due to wounds received at Paaschendale 1917), I decided to honour their sacrifices by joining the Great War Society in May 2006 and educating the public as to what the ordinary First world War Private Infantryman had to endure as part of his military service.
During July 2006 I was fortunate enough to attend the commemorations in France for the 90th Anniversary of The Battle of the Somme commemorating the part The Pals Battalions played in this catastrophic battle.
I also took an active part in the Haworth Art Gallery exhibition of Our Dear Pals, The Somme and The Great War, from June to September 2006 where I walked around the gallery as an “Accrington Pal” in period kit, talking to visitors as they visited the museum.
In July 2007 along with fellow members of the Great War Society, I was privileged to attend the reburial of Private Lancaster of the Lancashire Fusiliers at Ploegsteert Wood near Ypres at the request of Mike Glover, the curator of the Fusiliers Museum in Bury.
I had the honour and privilege of attending the Funeral of The Last Fighting Tommy, Harry Patch at Wells Cathedral.
I have recently undertaken work as an “extra” in DOWNTON ABBEY and in Michael Morpurgo’s film adaptation of Private Peaceful. In addition, I have worked on various projects for ITV, BBC, The History Channel and Channel 4 along with acting as a consultant on various stage and film projects.
From the TV & Cinema screen to the comfort of your classroom to find out more about what the visiting “Tommy” will do in your school please visit the Presentation page I hope this provides an insight as to what I am able to provide and welcome any questions or suggestions you may wish to make.Should you wish to make a booking or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or by telephone.