History Alive! and Jersey Military Tours were set up in 2016 by Marc Yates with the aim of providing the traditionaland core elements of guiding – entertainment, education, value and service.
Our Tours are a combination of a driven tour and guided site visits. Vehicles enable us to visit multiple sites providing the variety and a complete story to a tour, whilst guided visits on foot give you the pesonal hands-on experience.
We also provide and facilitate Battlefield Studies to the military, educational tours and film presentation and consultancy services.
History Alive! and Jersey Military Tours are fully insured. Our vehicles are registered and inspected as Public Service Vehicles and Marc holds a Public Service Driving Licence in compliance with the law and insurance requirements in order to carry passengers.
Travelling in a guide’s vehicle who doesn’t hold a PSV licence means that the guide is probably driving without a licence and insurance! In order to ensure your safety and protection, consider this when booking your guide!
Marc Yates, a Jersey-man born and bred, has had a passion for the Island’s history since a young age, and after a legal career, is now on a mission to bring that history alive to young and old. Guiding runs in the family as his grandfather Josue (Joe) Dorey was Guardien at Mont Orgueil (Gorey) Castle for 25 years, including the German Occupation in WW2. Equally when it comes to military history, there’s plenty of soldiering in Marc’s family.
Grandfather Joe served with the Canadian Infantry on the Western Front in WW1 and was awarded the Military Cross on the day that the Canadians captured Passchendaele on 6th November 1917. His other grandfather George was a career soldier who served in the Royal Army Service Corps before, during and after WW2. And George’s father, Marc’s great-grandfather, also George, was also a career soldier who had been sent to the Jersey as his first posting with the Royal Garrison Artillery at the turn of the 20th century. He married a Jersey girl, served throughout the First World War, as well as being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Marc Yates is an Accredited Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, an Accredited Jersey Island Host, a member of the Jersey Tour Guides Association and the European Tour Operators Association.