Simon J.W. Fogg.
My interest in military history started from a very young age, with the influence of my father – who was an ex-serviceman himself. He often showed me some of his military kit, what was what, and reminisced of his old army days in the Household Cavalry.
Being a local lad, I’ve been intrigued by the wartime history on Woodbury common, pretty much as long as I can remember! With dad’s military knowledge, and an already established interest in history, the World War Two era was inevitably going to be a passion.
I have been a militaria collector since 2007, specialising in the development of Small Arms Ammunition, 19th/20th century and modern military firearms. Over the last decade, I have built up quite a decent collection and knowledge of military equipment – and there’s still always more to learn! As well as a collector, I am also a competent target rifle shooter, having a real first hand experience with original World War Two weaponry, bolsters my knowledge ever further with the more technical ‘Hands On’ aspects of 1940’s warfare.
My passion for all things military didn’t just stop with finding war relics, I spent a few years as a presenter and DJ on an online radio station which was in support of active serving and veteran soldiers. My radio shows were regularly broadcast to troops deployed in Afghanistan.
As a collector, the military artefacts that I have found over the years spurred me on to start writing a document of the local wartime history, and in October 2016, I published my first book ‘Wartime Dalditch Camp and Finds On Woodbury Common’.
Since the publication of my book, I have been able to share my militaria knowledge to audiences at talks and presentations, along with creating a Facebook group with regular updates of new discoveries.