Jeremy Banning BEng (Hons), MA
Jeremy is a well known First World War military historian as well as a keen cyclist. He uses his bike to get around his home city of Bristol and rides regularly to maintain fitness. He cycles the battlefields as much as possible. Having been given a road bike for Christmas when just eleven years old, he fell in love with the freedom and opportunities offered by two wheels. A three week cycling tour of France while at university opened his eyes to France’s love of le vélo. After some barren years off the bike travelling the world and living in London he bought a road bike fourteen years ago, donned some lycra and has not looked back since. In 2019 he cycled 500 miles from Bristol to Bordeaux in four days and later that summer climbed Mont Ventoux in Provence from both the Bédoin and Malaucène sides. He is currently training for 2021’s ‘Wales in a Day’, a 185 mile route across Wales in (you’ve guessed it) one day.
Jeremy regularly guides clients around the battlefields. These trips range in size from bespoke client tours following individual soldiers around the Western Front to coach groups. Jeremy also leads week-long Battlefield Studies for serving Army personnel.
He has a detailed knowledge of the battlefields and uses his archival and research work over the past twenty years to illustrate actions, weaving stories of men who fought into the landscape.
He has previously worked as a commercial diver, civil engineer and investment banker. Having completed an MA in Modern History he left the city back in 2002 to pursue his dream of working as a military historian. Over the past fifteen years he has worked on a number of books in association with the IWM and has acted as principal researcher for many others.
Television appearances include:
- Who Do You Think You Are? with David Walliams (BBC, 2020)
- Who Do You Think You Are? with Hugh Dennis (BBC, 2012)
- Coming Home (BBC Wales, 2012, 2014 & 2016)
- Time Team Specials (Channel 4, 2008 & 2010)
- The Somme 1916 – From Both Sides of the Wire (three-part series, BBC, 2016)
- War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme (BBC, 2014)
- The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars (BBC, 2013)
Jeremy is a founder member of the La Boisselle Study Group who spent three years conducting archaeological, tunnel exploration and historical work on the Somme. He also had the great pleasure of meeting and looking after the last few Great War veterans on their battlefield trips and was lucky enough to be friends with and look after Harry Patch, the last Great War Tommy who went ‘over the top,’ on his annual trips to Ypres.