Crusade 2019 Guest Speakers

Penarth & District Wargames Society is proud to present for another year invited Guest Speakers.  Unfortunately Adrian Goldsworthy can not attend but we have some very highly respected speakers to enlighten and challenge you, including our very own Peter Grehan.

Crusade Wargames Show 2019 Guest Speakers Timetable

11:00 am
Gareth Glover:
‘Campaigning the Napoleonic Wars – do you consider the medical services requirement?’  

An investigation of the organisation of hospital services in the Waterloo campaigns for all armies, realistic survival rates and case studies.  A brand new study never done before.

12:00pm Midday
Dr Jonathan Hicks:‘Voices from Mametz Wood.’

It was possibly the most famous Welsh battle of the Great War. Jonathan Hicks, author of several books on Wales and the First World War, recounts some of the personal stories of the battle for Mametz Wood on the Somme in 1916. This is an illustrated talk.

Rob Jones: ‘Medieval Infantry Tactics’

How do foot soldiers fare in an age of cavalry? How were infantry forces raised and fielded? How did they fight? Rob Jones will be challenging some assumptions about medieval foot combat, and discussing ways in which we can incorporate this into our wargaming.

Peter Grehan: “H. G. Wells and the Daleks”

Catering for a mature sophisticated audience as well as appealing to younger fans of Doctor Who. Based on the content of his book Connecting Who: Artificial Beings, it specifically looks at how the works of H. G. Wells influenced the creation of the Daleks and how his vision was reinterpreted in the aftermath of World War 2 and the Cold War that followed it.

About The Crusade 2019 Guest Speakers

Dr Jonathan Hicks

Dr Hicks is the headmaster of St Cyres School (So best behaviour).  But he is also a respected and passionate Historian and wargamer when he has time. He is a specialist in World War One and in particular the part played by the Welsh soldiers and airmen.

His latest book is:

Wales & The First Air War 1914-1918 (Published by Y Lolfa – Oct 2017)

His Bibliography also includes:

‘The Welsh at Mametz Wood, the Somme 1916’ – published April 2016
‘The Welsh at Passchendaele 1917’ – published April 2017
‘Barry and The Great War’

‘Barry and the Second World War’
‘Strange Hells – Captain Ossie Fielding and the Great War’
‘A Solemn Mockery – the Myths of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879’

As well as World War One crime fiction books:

‘The Dead of Mametz’
‘Demons Walk Among Us’

Robert W Jones Speaking at Crusade 2015 Wargames ShowRobert Jones

Robert Jones is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, and a part-time lecturer in medieval history at Cardiff University.

His book Brazen Armour and Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield (Amazon Link) was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2010.

He has also written various papers for academic journals including the Journal for Medieval Military History. A military historian and wargamer of over 20 years, with interests in all periods from ancient through to modern, he specialises in the medieval period. A long-time member of the Sealed Knot English Civil Wars re-enactment society, he is also a student of the medieval longsword and 16th-century rapier as a Western martial art, studying with the Messengers group based in Swindon.

Gareth Glover Guest Speaker At Crusade Wargames ShowGARETH GLOVER

Has edited and published a vast collection of previously unknown sources for the Napoleonic era, and in particular for the Peninsular War and the Hundred Days. These have added greatly to our knowledge and often challenged the traditional version of events. Of particular note is the on-going Waterloo Archive. Vols. 1-6 published by Frontline. Further details of his books may be found on his website –


Peter Grehan Guest Speaker Crusade 2019 Wargames ShowPETER GREHAN

Peter is a local freelance writer who has been a lifelong fan of science fiction in general and Doctor Who in particular. His connection with Doctor Who includes working as an extra on the series including one episode where he was exterminated by a Dalek! He has also worked at the BBC’s Doctor Who Experience as a Host and Tour Guide and as a freelance guide on BritMovie Doctor Who location tours. 

Between 1994 and 1997 Peter Grehan was chairman of the Welsh Speculative Writers Foundation, which published ‘Beyond the Boundaries’ magazine and in that capacity he was a panelist at the European small press science fiction convention, held in Dublin (October 1997), and the UK Year of Literature and Writing 1995 Swansea arts festival . In April 1999 he was commissioned by ‘BBV Productions’ to write an audio script for their first Sontaran story. He later lectured on the Science and Science Fiction degree. He now works full time as a freelance writer.