World War 1 Battlefield Tours – 2015 (page 3)

The tour list gives the full index of all of our battlefield, pilgrimage and war graves tours covering the First World War. Expanded details are also available in our brochure, contact us for a copy.

WORLD WAR 1: Somme Anniversary and Ypres visit

30th June – 3rd July
4 Days, 3 Nights

On this tour we will attend the Service of Remembrance at Lochnagar Memorial Crater on the 1st July, with the Friends of Lochnagar and the Official Service at Thiepval, under the auspices of the Royal British Legion.

The trip will include a full tour of the fields of conflict with visits to Mametz Wood, Delville Wood (Devil's Wood), the South African Memorial and Museum, High Wood, Beaumont Hamel, Serre, Albert, Fricourt and Pozieres.

We will also spend a full day in the Ypres Salient, visiting Ploegsteert, Messines Ridge, Tyne Cot,Passchendaele, Langemark, Vancouver Corner, Pilkem Ridge, Essex Farm, the Cloth Hall, St George's Chapel and many other places of interest. In the evening we will attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Special Visits can be undertaken as requested on the way home on the final day.

Somme Anniversary tour

Thiepval Memorial

WORLD WAR 1: Battles of the Woods

The attack on Mametz Wood, Delville Wood and High Wood.

9th–12th July
4 Days, 3 Nights

On this trip we cover the attacks on Mametz Wood by the 38th Welsh Division, using the trench maps used by RSM Charles Alexander of the 14th Welsh Regiment on the 10th July 1916, when he was severely wounded. We'll walk the ground, following the attack through the 'Valley of Death', down from White Trench, across the open ground and into Mametz Wood.

Here we visit the grave of veteran Harry Fellows, buried in the wood, where we have a short Service of Remembrance. After which we contine to follow the attack on High Wood, brilliantly described in The Hell They Called High Wood by the late Terry Norman, using his original maps to bring the battle alive.

From here we continue to the village of Longueval and the scene of the Battle for Delville Wood, with the 9th Scottish Division including the South African’s, so graphically described by Ian Uys in Delville Wood and Rollcall.

The walk will take place over two days, at a gentle pace with rest stops en-route where explanations will be given at specific points. We also visit the battlefields around La Boisselle, Thiepval and Beaumont Hamel.

Battle of the Woods painting

Somme trenches tour

We would like to thank Terry our guide and Jeannie our courier for a really marvelous tour.

Sylvia & Claire Storey

WORLD WAR 1: Battle of the Somme War Walk

Walk the front line of 1st July 1916 – our most popular war walk.

7th–10th August
4 Days, 3 Nights

This tour visits the Loos Battlefield and Memorial on route to our Hotel. The next day sees us at Gommecourt, the most northerly part of the British Front Line on the fateful morning of Saturday 1st July 1916. With the assistance of trench maps we'll follow the line down through Serre, visiting the Sheffield Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel, the Ancre Valley, and up to Ulster Tower and Thiepval, Leipzig Salient, Ovillers and La Boiselle.

On day three we start off at La Boisselle, visiting Sausage and Mash Valleys, Fricourt, Mametz, Mansell Copse, Carnoy, and eventually Maricourt, where we visit the start of the French Front Line Trenches.

Our final day is taken up with a visit to Vimy Ridge and a guided tour of the tunnels, as well as Special Visits as requested.

The coach and courtesy car will accompany us during the walk, which will be completed at a leisurely pace, with regular breaks and battlefield presentations. Stout walking shoes are recommended.

World War 1 trenches

Back in New Zealand again, I enjoyed the trip and visits immensely.

Geoff Hughes

Can't make a trip? Want photographs of a Grave, Memorial or Battlefield site? Contact Ian at the War Research Society.