Chris Baker

 Freelance Military Historian

Owner of the Long, Long Trail

Chris, has spent time and money helping me understand what went on in and around Ypres, before, during and after the battle at Bellewaarde. His support extended to a battlefield tour of the area east of Ypres where I learned so much about both sides of the conflict and thankfully, his attention to detail and his enormous patience meant that I enjoyed the 3 days spent in the area with him.

I would also like to thank, Chris for his knowledge and presentation skills, which he used during the filming of the 'Bellewaarde 1915' DVD.

Chris, said of himself: The First World War has always fascinated me, appalled me and drawn me in. I began to read, study and explore around 1981 and it’s taken over an increasing share of my life ever since. After years of feeling like I was the only person interested in it, I stumbled across the Western Front Association in 1990: seven years later I was its Chairman and am still a member today. I began to build my website The Long, Long Trail in 1996.

In 2007 I was proud to graduate with the MA in British First World War Studies from the very same University of Birmingham where I got my MSc just 27 years before!

In 2013 I also became a member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Over the years many people have asked me for help in researching a soldier – most often a father, grandfather or great uncle. I initially did this as a hobby, but with so many people asking and me being busy at work, something had to give. I decided to make a living out of my passion – what a joy – and left my old career behind on 25 April 2008. I now work full time on writing, researching and touring. I even get to see my wife and family more often than before! My business fourteeneighteen|research (see this page) is always bursting at the seams; I research some 15-20 soldiers every week and am accumulating vast amounts of material and knowledge. In all, I have completed research of well over 5000 soldiers.

I am contactable at this email. BUT PLEASE NOTE with the centenary I am getting so many emails that I do not have time to answer them all. It has become an impossibility and I apologise in advance for delays you may experience. If your email is a question about researching a soldier or similar, please use the Great War Forum. You will find much help there.