Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours - Flanders
Our mission is to provide dedicated pilgrimage or battlefield touring for up to 4 persons maximum per PRIVATE group. It includes the use of top spec touring vehicle with dedicated company battlefield guide.
We also hold the requisite local authority touring company licence along with obligatory commercial licence plate, ensuring our clients´ inclusive insurance policy is maintained, valid and legal.
Ypres VVB Licence No 1401
Commercial plate: T-LAA-341
Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders) are proud to hold official status as collectors for "Blind Veterans UK", previously known as "St Dunstan's" and forward donations to this most worthy charity which was spawned on the Ypres Salient battlefields in January 1915, the first Great War charity organisation.
Please click on the below to see images of our clients:
Owner and Director: Milena Kolarikova - Lock BA (Tourism management)
Milena was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia but re-located to Amsterdam, acquired Dutch dual nationality. She studied at the "De Hogeschool Holland" in Diemen / Amsterdam and was awarded a "Bachelor of Arts" degree with honours in tourism management in 1995. She is fluent in several languages including English.
Milena worked for over 20 years as a tour manager for the British Cosmos/Globus Gateway and the Canadian Rostad Tours companies.
Once Milena receives your enquiry, she will offer advice on travel, fees and your pilgrimage/tour itinerary.
In 2010, Milena was awarded Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium Commendation as co-founder of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT.
In 2011 she was awarded honorary life membership in the Association of Czechoslovak Legionaries Abroad with seat in Cholmondeley, UK, for her contribution to this veterans´ association.
She is also member of the Czechoslovak Legionaries Association in Prague, Czech Republic. She frequently joins their commemoration and remembrance journeys home and abroad.
In 2012, Milena received Czech award for her dedicated remembrance work.
This particular official medal was designed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the most heroic and patriotic act of the Czechoslovak resistance during WW II, namely the assassination of the third man of the Third Reich - Heydrich in so-called "Operation Anthropoid". It was awarded to Milena for her patriotic work contributing to modern Czechoslovak history.
On Friday 31st January 2014, during a special ceremony held in Prague, Milena was presented the "Czech Patriot 2013" award. Another recipient in absentia was the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman.
Clockwise from top left:
Milena receiving the award; with three befriended Czechoslovak WW II veterans; group photo with other recipients of the Czech Patriot award; listening to speeches.
Left: The Czech Patriot Award is made of layered Czech glass in the colours of the Czech tricolor - white, red and blue.
Engraved along the lower front are the words
"Czech Patriot 2013"
Milena's name is engraved on the forward sloping front.
A diploma signed by the ANLET President completes the award.
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 and Col. Knížek, director of the Military History Institute and Military Museum in Prague, with whose great support a permission was granted by the director of CWGC to loan this particular headstone to the Military Museum in Prague - the only museum in the world which exhibits a named CWGC headstone.
After almost a century, Dominick symbolically returned home.
Above left & right:
In 1974 at the age of 15, Chris passed the necessary exams to serve for almost 2 years with the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps before completing a further 3 year contract with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment serving as a Chieftain Main Battle Tank Gunner/Driver.
However it was with Avon Fire and Rescue Service that Chris would achieve a Fire Service career in which he served for 27 years as a firefighter & Crew Commander specialising in Road Traffic Collision extrication and Vertical Rope Rescue.
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.
Together Chris & Milena created the Friends of the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient.
The Friends represent the TMYS wherever required and also have their own dedicated page located within the above highlighted web site.
In 2011 Chriswas awarded honorary life membership of the
Northern Ireland Veterans Association along with the honorary post of
NIVA Ambassador to Belgium on behalf of his representative work dedicated to the many British Army Northern Ireland veterans who visit the Ypres Salient battlefields and attend the town's famous Last Post Ceremony.
Chris & Milena also achieved joint founder status on behalf the town's Royal Entente association who officiated the creation and dedication of the "In their memory" plaque located today on the Hotel Regina, Ypres.
Please see the WW2 tours page for further details concerning this memorial plaque.
IN MEMORY OF “BROTHERS IN ARMS”
Pte Leonard George Holder, SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY.
Killed in action during the Battle of Mount Sorrel 13/6/1916
Gnr Harold George Holder, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY.
A casualty of war who suffered to the end.
Maternal Grand Father to Chris & younger brother to Leonard.
Image represents Driver/Gunner Harold Alec Holder, conscripted into the
Royal Field Artillery throughout 1917-1918.
Finally laid to rest aged 53 in St Peter's churchyard, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire. A casualty suffering to the end.
Maternal Great Uncle to Chris.
Image represents Pte Leonard George Holder age 20, KIA 13/June/1916 whilst serving with the 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry.
Today buried alongside fallen comrades in Vlamertinge Military CWGC cemetery.