Bill Wyman has paid tribute to his great friend Tony Clunn MBE, who sadly passed away on August 3 in Germany.

Tony Clunn MBE was a retired major in the British Army, who famously discovered the main site of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest at Kalkriese Hill. He was appointed a Member of the British Empire in the 1996 New Year Honours.

Bill became great friends with Tony following their shared interest in metal detecting and archaeology, with Tony presenting Bill with a gift of Roman coins following his discovery.

Bill paid warm tribute to his great friend:

He did metal detecting on the side near Osnabruck in Germany and discovered the route that three legions of Roman Soldiers took through the Teutoberg Forest at Kalkriesa, Germany, where they were massacred by the German tribes in 9 AD. It is also often referred to as ‘The Varus Battle’.

People that are interested can find out more about Tony Clunn (below) and they will find masses of info on him  his discovery online. His books can be bought from Amazon and are a great read.

Tony Clunn – much like Bill – searched for Roman coins as a hobby, and his detecting in Germany unearthed the first evidence of Roman military activity in the Kalkriese region. On the basis of Tony’s finds, major excavation work was undertaken, resulting in new understanding of the route taken by the Roman legions.

You can read more about Tony and his quest for the Roman legions in his excellent book, which is available on Amazon both as an ebook and physical book. His latest book is Quest for the Lost Roman Legions: Discovering the Varus Battlefield.

More information about Tony’s life and history is available online, including a short obituary here.

Below, Bill asked that this tribute includes the wonderful gift Tony presented to Bill following his discovery.


Tony is survived by his wife, Anna Cheeseman-Clunn; and children, Jana, Mark Anthony and Josephine Louise. Bill’s thoughts are with them.