This tour will be covering some of the main British battles fought on the Western Front, most notably the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Passchendaele. This is a six-day tour which will include the live firing of Lee Enfield rifles.
The date is 5th to 9th July 2023
The cost – includes breakfast, hotel accommodation, coach, shooting, museums and guide, but not food and drinks – is £1,750 per person. Please note that this is the cost of a single occupancy in a single room as we wish to be open with the all-inclusive costs. A discount of 10% is available for bookings with two people sharing a room.
You are accompanied by a tour leader to ensure that your tour runs smoothly.
This is a coach tour and your tour guide is Lt-General Jonathon Riley.
Lt-General Jonathon Riley.
A former Commanding Officer of 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers, General Officer Commanding British Forces in both Sierra Leone and Iraq and Deputy Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Riley, is a military historian with 27 published books and visiting professor at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies.
Meet at London & Middlesex Rifle Club at the world famous Bisley ranges. Live firing of WW1 Lee Enfield rifles. Catch the coach to Mons.
Visit the sites of the Battle of Mons and the retreat of the BEF. After lunch visit Saint-Symphorien Cemetery where the first and last troops of the Great War are buried. Also, the first soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross, is buried just a few feet from the first German recipient of the Iron Cross. Coach to Arras.
Visit the German War Cemetery Saint-Laurent-Blangy. The cemetery is the last resting place for 31,939 German soldiers who died in the Great War, including graves of Jewish soldiers are marked with headstones bearing the Star of David. After Lunch visit The Wellington Quarry. The New Zealand Tunneling Company was based in this part of the underground tunnel system during the build-up to the Allied offensive, the Battle of Arras 1917, which was launched in the early hours of 9 April 1917.
Battle of the Somme Visit Lochnagar Crater. The Lochnagar mine was an underground explosive charge, secretly planted by the British during the First World War, ready for 1 July 1916, the first day on the Somme. Visit Thiepval. After the War ended, Thiepval was chosen as the location for the Memorial to the Missing to commemorate those who died in the Somme sector before the 20th of March 1918 and have no known grave. This is the largest and most imposing of the Memorials to the Missing, and visiting here is a moving and sobering experience. After Lunch visit Ulster Towers and the very moving sight of the Sunken Road at Beaumont Hamel.
Drive to Ypres. Visit the site of the famous Football match and Christmas cease fire at Plugstreet. After lunch onto Tyne Cot which is the largest British Cemetery on the Western Front with 11,953 burials, followed by Sanctuary Wood, which is one of the few places on the Ypres Salient battlefields where an original trench layout can be seen. In the evening we visit the Menin Gate Ceremony.
Visit the Cloth Hall, Museum and Cathedral in Ypres. After lunch return home.