Places to visit on any battlefield tour

Our battlefield tours are bespoke to what you would like to see and do. However if like many you aren’t sure what you would like to see or would like some personal recommendations, here are a few key places to visit on any battlefield tour:

 

1. The Menin Gate, Ypres

Where the Last Post is sounded by the buglers of the Ypres Town Fire Brigade every evening throughout the year without exception at 8 pm.

Menin Gate Memorial PlaqueCloth Hall - Ypres

 

2. Tyne Cot, Passchendaele

The largest Commonwealth Graves Commission Cemetery in the world. Built in the midst of the battlefield, the Commission took up King George V’s suggestion that the central Cross of Sacrifice should be built over one the enemy’s blockhouses.

Tyne Cot - Passchendaele

 

3. St Symphorien Cemetery, Mons

Created by the Germans outside Mons after the opening battle of the war.

St Symphorien from aboveSt Symphorien, Mons

 

4. Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres

Where the Canadian Army Doctor, John McCrae, wrote his famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’. The cemetery also contains the grave on Valentine Joe Strudwick who, at only 15 years old when he was killed in early 1916, is believed to have been one of the youngest soldiers killed on the Western Front. His grave is now one of the most visited in the salient.

Valentine Joe – Essex Farm

 

5. Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Thiepval

The opening day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, remains the blackest day for the British Army ever. Of the almost 60,000 casualties taken that day, 20,000 were killed outright and by the time the battle was brought to a close in November 1916, the first day’s objectives had still not been taken.

Cobblers Memorial - FromellesMemorial To The Missing - ThiepvalWelsh Memorial - Mametz