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Take a tour to the Yprés battlefields

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The tour will be led by Andy Robertshaw, of Trench Detectives, and Mark Smith, the militaria expert on The Antiques Roadshow.

This is going to be a packed itinerary with a small group to ensure everyone gets to experience life at the front to the fullest. The trip will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn about World War I at iconic locations that were once the heart of the action.

The tour starts on 13 October with a Battlefield orientation day, meeting at Ebbsfleet International Station to travel by coach via Eurotunnel. Starting with Plugstreet and the battles of 1915, the tour then moves to Messines and the Spanbroekmolen Crater, mine warfare and the very successful attack in 1917. Then it’s over to Hill 60 and the battles for the hill by the railway cutting. After lunch, there’s the cemetery of Tyne Cot and Passchendaele Village before taking in the northern end of the Ypres Salient to see the village of St Julien and the first gas attack of April 1915. Afterwards there’s an emotive stop at Langemarck, the German Cemetery, before moving on to Ypres for the evening meal. This is followed by a Q&A session on theme of military genealogical matters and object identification.

The second day of the tour is dedicated to personal research and visiting the various cemeteries and battlefields of your ancestors before stopping at the Menin Gate for the ceremony at 8pm.

On the third day, there’s a case study of one man and his involvement with the Great War. This is a research tour by the guides that will show you to investigate your own past. The tour then leaves and arrives back at Ebbsfleet International Station.

The price of the tour is £475 per person and includes travel, B&B accommodation and one group meal with a set menu. If you have details of any ancestors you want to trace, provide them before the tour starts and it will be customised to suit you. To book a place go to Battlefield Partnerships.

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