Graham Bandy has had a passion for military history since he was a young child. Enlisting in the British Army at the age of 17, he spent much of the 1980s in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment serving in Northern Ireland, Germany and with the UN in Cyprus. After qualifying as a Registered Nurse he later was commissioned into the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. During this service, he was planning welfare and Nursing services for Afghanistan and Iraq.
Graham is a member of several military living history groups, including Northamptonshire Regiment LHG, 1st Bn The Dorsetshire Regiment LHA, and Northamptonshire Home Guard. His Military and Medical Displays can be seen at many major events in the UK and abroad.
Highlights of the past ten years that LMH has been providing services include; The Great War Society's 200 mile march in full authentic First World War kit from Whitehall to Wipers (Ypres), a medical display at the Passchendaele Museum in Belgium and by special invitation of the Maltese Government - the 2010 Military Mtafa event in Malta.
Graham has also been seen on television as a presenter and researcher with Who Do You Think You Are? And Photographic expert for Who Do You Think You Are Live for the last five years of its existence
In addition to his regular living history displays, Graham gives talks throughout the year to schools, local family history groups and the U3A etc, his most popular being "Getting to Know Your Military Ancestors Through Photographs and Memorabilia".
He has led recruits and young soldiers on a variety of battlefield tours from the Western Front to Gettysburg.
He also provides guidance on military history research and the identification of military photographs, uniforms and cap badges on the help desk at the West Surrey Family History Fair and formerly at Who Do You Think You Are? Live, before its sad demise, and now for Family Tree Live.
Graham is an expert on military medical history and has featured in a number of television productions, most recently as a medical military history expert for Instruments of Death on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel. As per pic above education
Q. Can you identify this old army/naval/air force photo?
A. In almost all instances if it is the original or a high quality scan I can date it and identify the regiment, if distinctions are shown
Q.Do you do talks?
A. Of course! I'm happy to do talks and lectures on many aspects of military and home front issues, including on how to date military photos, contact me for more details
Q. Is it just you?
A. No, I have a small band of experts in family history, authors, and living historians who work with me.