Presentations will be provided throughout the tour specific to those battles which took place in the areas visited, including information relating to those individual units involved in the battles. Detailed diary accounts of soldiers who fought and were killed in action, including those who survived being wounded in action will also be presented.

There will also be a specific mention of the soldiers who were "Shot at Dawn", discussing why they deserted, the court marshall ruling and details of them finally being shot.

All presentations delivered with the use of maps, battle video clips and handouts.

 

BATTLE OF THE SOMME

Day 1

 

Arrive under your own arrangements at the prearranged hotel in either Dover or Folkestone where your accomodation will be for the first night.

This will be the opportunity to do a meet and greet and discuss the plan for the next few days, which will include maps of the area and handout giving a very broad overview of the Somme region itself.

 

Day 2.

After breakfast we will make our way to the crossing point, either Eurotunnel or to the Ferry. On arrival into France we will enjoy a steady ride to the Somme which will take a couple of hours.

 

The days tour will cover those areas particular to the 1st July 1916, which will include Serre Road No2 British Cemetery, the Sunken Road and Hawthorne Crater along with original film footage.

After lunch in Albert, we will head into Beaumont village to discuss the church and the tank attack before continuing onto the Ancre Cemetery to discuss the Royal Naval Divisions involvment. From here, we will ride upto the Ulster Tower, 36 Irish Division for light refreshments before heading onto the Thiepval British Memorial to the Missing.

 

We will arrive at our centraly located accomodation on the Somme around 6:00pm, where there will be plenty of bars and restaurants to chose from for your evening meal.

 

 

 

 

Sheffield Memorial Shot at Dawn soldiers

 

Thiepval Memorial Beaumont Hamel -

Newfoundland Regiment.

Day 3

 

Day 3 will start with breakfast at 8:30am followed by a quick run through the plan for the day.

 

We will head off on our days tour starting with Newfoundland Park, where there are preserved original trenchs and discuss the battle action before moving onto Mouquet Farm and Poziere Ridge to have a look at the memorials to the Australians who fought there.

From Poziere we will take a short ride to Martinpuich to explore the German HQ bunker and then onto High Wood where the cavalry attack took place followed by our picnic lunch at the New Zealand memorial.

The first visit of the afternoon will be to the Welsh Dragon memorial at Mamtez wood before heading off to where the Devonshire Battalion fought and Mansell Copse.

 

There will also be an interesting visit to the Dartmoor cemetery where a New Zealand shot a dawn soldier lies, a father and son buried next to each other and the oldest soldier to be killed on the Somme.

The final visit of the day will be to the Lochnagar crater.

 

On the way back to the accommodation there will be a fuel stop in Albert before the journey home on Day 4.

 

Monday

 

Breakfast will be served at 8:30am with a departure time to be agreed, before heading back to Calais for the Crossing back to the UK.

 

 

 

FLANDERS FIELDS - YPRES

 

Day 1

 

Arrive under your own arrangements at the prearranged hotel in either Dover or Folkestone where your accomodation will be for the first night.

This will be the opportunity to do a meet and greet and discuss the plan for the next few days, which will include maps of the area.

 

Day 2

 

After breakfast we will make our way to the crossing point, either Eurotunnel or to the Ferry. On arrival into France we will enjoy a steady ride into Belgium towards Poperinghe to see the ‘Shot at Dawn’ cells and the shooting post. Also visiting Toc ‘H’, the hotel for all ranks of servicemen to enable them to have time out to relax and recouperate from the Front. Taking the N38 onto Ypres to take in an excellent WW1 museum.

 

We will then head onto Langemark German Cemetery with 45,000 graves, and onto Passendaele Ridge, the Tyne Cot British cemetery and museum.

Finishing the day off with a visit to Zillebeke and the Brooding Soldier at Vancouver Corner.

 

Assemble at 1930hrs for the service at Menin Gate, the memorial to the missing 54,896. Arriving late back at the accommodation.

Poperinghe Menin Gate

 

Tyne Cot cemetery

Day 3

 

Today we will be visiting the site of the Hill 60 battles and associated musem. Then moving onto Hill 62, and Sanctuary Wood Cemetery. Finishing the day with a visit to the Hooge crater and a discussion on the Messine Ridge mines.

 

At Hill 60

 

Day 4

 

After breakfast all that remains is to clear out your room, settle your bill and load up ready for departure back to Calais and the return crossing back to the UK

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