New Year Honours 2021: Geoff Crump BEM

Researcher Geoff Crump has made an enormous contribution to the Cheshire Military Museum and the regimental associations of the Cheshire Regiment and Cheshire Yeomanry.

Geoff, a retired former Airbus Broughton worker, told The Standard: “I’m overwhelmed. This honour is as much for the museum as it is for me. There is a lot of great people who work there.”I’m proud to be a researcher for the Cheshire Regiment. It’s always been our policy to make local people aware of the sacrifices Cheshire men and women have made over the years.”

He says he has been interested in military history since being taken to the original museum based in Chester Castle. “It’s a lifetime hobby”, said Geoff. “I love it. People want to know exactly what happened to their loved ones. “I’m Chester born and bred, I love this city and I love the museum – it’s my life.”

As well as helping families, historic societies and other groups trace the genealogy of Cheshire soldiers, he also regularly assists authors, media and TV – which has included working with the hit BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?