BATTLEFIELD TOURS - FLANDERS - LEST WE FORGET

PLEASE NOTE;

ALL VEHICLE BASED TOURS WILL CEASE FROM 1/10/2017 DUE TO PARTIAL RETIREMENT OF COMPANY OWNER & GUIDE.

YPRES TOWN WALKING TOURS WILL HOWEVER CONTINUE UP TO THE CONCLUSION OF 2018.

THE WEB SITE WILL BE AMENDED IN DUE COURSE TO REFLECT THE FOLLOWING AVAILABLE WALKING TOURS.

1. WW1 (1914 - 1918) Ypres town walking tour. Also to include the early post war pilgrimage story and the substantial British settlement evidence still to be seen in the town today.


2. WW2 (September 6th 1944) Liberation of Ypres walking tour. Action sites with evidence of the fighting still to be seen in the town today will be included.


3. WW2 "HOUSE OF THE BROKEN WINGS" & RAF OPERATION CIRCUS 157 walking tour. *This is a split tour covering the conjoined but separate RAF Operation Circus 157 and the incredible work & self sacrifice offered by the men and women of the local Resistance organisations including local patriots who were responsible for the rescue and repatriation of downed allied pilots & air crews during throughout the occupation whilst operating from the Hotel Regina known on conclusion of the war as the "House of the Broken Wings" This is a terrific yet terribly sad tour but one which will ensure you bow deeply at the graves and memorials in the town applicable to those who were firstly tortured then executed after betrayal. They must never be forgotten!


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Welcome to our website!

As the name of our company suggests, our primary mission is to remember and commemorate those who in WW I and WW II sacrificed all that was dear to them, 
whilst securing our freedom which we all enjoy today. 

All tours are PRIVATE for your comfort and - if required - allowing flexibility in the battlefield touring planning. The tours are conducted by the dedicated company battlefield guide, in a top spec touring vehicle.

We also hold the required Ypres town official touring company licence, Nr. 1401, along with the mandatory commercial registration plate, ensuring our clients´ inclusive insurance policy is maintained, valid and legal. 

Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours - Flanders maintains dedicated third party insurance on behalf of all clients whilst on tour.




 















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Contact details:

For all booking requests / further info:
 
Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours - Flanders

Email address: lestweforgettours@gmail.com
 
Bookings: Mob 0032 (0) 478 355 265

Guide: Mob 0032 (0) 476 202 721


 
None of the material on this site may be reproduced, printed, stored or published
without the express permission of Lest We Forget  Battlefield Tours - Flanders.

All Rights Reserved.

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New company battlefield touring vehicle
 
2015 VOLVO V70 TDi ESTATE ( 5 Door ) Automatic:
 
Full leather, automatic gearbox, electric windows, cool box, sat nav, heated front seating, air conditioning, audio/visual facility plus more.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  


Above left & right:
Your executive spec battlefield touring vehicle awaits you.
 

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Also arranged on behalf of our clients, free of charge -
 
Wreath placements during the 8 pm Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres.
 
 
  












Chris escorts & accompanies a blind RAF veteran.
 

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our much valued clients at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing Last Post ceremony.


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Your Tour Manager -

Milena Kolaříková 
  
 
  
 
 










Milena was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She studied at the Hogeschool Holland in Diemen / Amsterdam and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in tourism management in 1995. 
She worked for 20 years as a tour manager for the British Globus Gateway and the Canadian Rostad Tours companies.
 
In 2010, Milena was awarded Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium Commendation for her contribution to the creation of the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient.
She is a member of several remembrance and veterans´ associations. 
In 2012 and 2013, she has been acknowledged in the Czech Republic for her dedicated remembrance work.

Please visit the links below to see just two of Milena's recent achievements concerning her nation's great sacrifice on behalf of freedom. *The language is mostly Czech however the video footage is self explanatory. 


http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/1097181328-udalosti/216411000101113/obsah/504187-pochod-za-padle-vojaky-a-veterany/


http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/1097181328-udalosti/215411000100712/obsah/411756-ceskoslovensti-letci-ve-sluzbach-raf/



 
 
  
 
 











Above left - the 2013 Czech Patriot award; above right - with the Czech WW II veterans

On 11 November 2014, special ceremony took place in the Military History Museum in Prague, Czech Republic - the unveiling of the original CWGC headstone commemorating Dominick Naplava. Pioneer Naplava was a Czech, who went to Canada, where he enlisted in the CEF. He then shipped to Europe and fought in the Great War battlefields for his dream of future home country Czechoslovakia. He was killed on 12 November 1917 near Zonnebeke, his grave lost in the later battles.
Naplava´s memorial headstone in Tyne Cot CWGC cemetery near Ypres was marked for replacement by the CWGC in 2014. Milena noticed it and saw the chance of acquiring this symbolic patriotic headstone for the Czech Republic. She approached the CWGC as well as the Military History Institute and Military Museum in Prague. Finally, a permission was granted by the director of the CWGC to loan this particular headstone to the Military Museum in Prague - the only museum in the world which exhibits a  CWGC headstone with the name of a fallen soldier.

After almost a century, Dominick symbolically returned home.


















Above left and right: Mission accomplished.


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Principal Assistant/Guide:

Chris Lock

















Above: Chris at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres

Chris served for 32 years with the British Army & Avon Fire & Rescue Service and is most proud to have given the best part of his life in the defence and protection of the realm. Today he ensures that those, who sacrificed all which was so dear to them on behalf of the freedoms we all enjoy today, are not forgotten.

In 2010 Chris received Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium Commendation on behalf of his dedicated work as founder of the 
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT. http://www.tankmemorial.vpweb.co.uk/ 

In 2011 Chris was also awarded honorary life membership of the
Northern Ireland Veterans Association with the accompanying post of
NIVA Ambassador to Belgium. http://www.nivets.co.org/  


















Above left & right:

Chris guides former Irish Guards Officer Mr Ian Robertson, Great Nephew of Captain Clement Robertson VC & Honorary Vice President of the
FRIENDS of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT.

Mr Paul Foster, battlefield guide, historian and author along with their guests in the foot steps and tank tracks of 'A' Battalion Tank Corps's assault at Reutel near Ypres. 

The tanks successfully completed their mission but sadly, Captain Robertson whilst leading his tanks on foot across the Reutelbeek bridge under terrific small arms and artillery fire was KIA. 

For his extreme bravery offered that day, 4th Oct 1916, Captain Robertson was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, this being the 1st of 4 awarded to the Tank Corps during WW1.


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AVAILABLE IN SUPPORT OF REMEMBRANCE ACTIVITIES:

TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT / TANK CORPS polyester embroidered tie & tie/lapel pin 

Price for UK based customers, sterling
Tank Memorial Ypres Salient tank tie:15.00 
Metal tie pins 4.00 plus 2.85 p+p 

All proceeds less costs are used on behalf of TMYS commemoration & remembrance: 
Wreaths provision, memorial flags replacements & the TMYS Standard Bearer's replacement uniform accouterments.













Ties and pins may be ordered separately or as a set by contacting the TMYS representative Milena:
astchair.memsec.fottmys@gmail.com

TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT web site:
 
Chris & Milena are also recognised as joint originators of the In Their Memory remembrance plaque located on the Hotel Regina in Ypres, which was eventually brought to conclusion by the town's Royal Entente organisation. 
Please see WW2 tours page for further details.
 

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OUR SUPPORTED CHARITIES;

Delighted to reveal that we are able to offer the below listed charities our unconditional support. This is achieved via donations received from our clients in response to the hard work carried out by Big Ted AKA; The Boss, Trooper Ted & Blind Bear who are all well known by the various charities concerned and of course our loyal and repeat clientele.

Big Ted represents the Help for Heroes charity.

Trooper Ted represents the Royal Tank Regiment Benevolent Fund.

Blind Bear represents the Blind Veterans charity formerly known as St Dunstans.

Here they are locked and loaded whilst deployed in the company vehicle during our clients battlefield pilgrimages and tours.












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IN MEMORY OF “BROTHERS IN ARMS”
 
 
Private Leonard George Holder, Somerset Light Infantry.
Killed in action during the Battle of Mount Sorrel 13/6/1916
 
Gunner Harold Alec Holder, Royal Field Artillery.
A casualty of war, who suffered to the end.
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Above left:
This painting represents the maternal grandfather to Chris -  Driver/Gunner Harold Alec Holder was conscripted into the Royal Field Artillery, who served on the Western Front throughout 1918.
Physically he survived despite being wounded, before being finally laid to rest aged 53 in St Peter's churchyard, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire.
A casualty suffering to the end.
 
Above right:
This painting represents the fallen maternal great uncle to Chris - Pte Leonard George Holder age 20, KIA 13 June 1916 whilst serving with the 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. Today he is buried alongside fallen comrades in Vlamertinghe CWGC military cemetery near Ypres.
 
Leonard was Harold´s older brother.
 
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