BATTLEFIELD TOURS (FLANDERS) - LEST WE FORGET
 
 
Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders)
 
***OUR MISSION***
 
Our mission is to provide dedicated pilgrimage or battlefield touring for up to 4 persons maximum per PRIVATE group and includes the use of a luxury, top spec touring vehicle with dedicated company battlefield guide.
Vehicle specifications with images may be seen below.
We also confirm we hold the requisite local authority tour company license along with obligatory TX license plate registration, ensuring our clients´ inclusive insurance policy is maintained, valid and legal.
 
 
IEPER VVB LICENCE No 1401
TX Plate: 2-TXL-157
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders) are proud to confirm they are registered 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 1915.
 
Please click above link for full details concerning the work of this fine charity.
 
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Please click on the below links to see up to date Images of our clients and images taken on the battlefields today:
 
 
1.Our clients:
 
 
 
2.The battlefields today:
 
 
 
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Milena Kolarikova - Lock BA (Tourism management)
 
Owner/Director 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Milena was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia but later re-located to Amsterdam, acquired Dutch dual nationality and achieved a Bachelor of Arts degreewith honours in
"Tourism Management" and 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.
From the moment Milena receives your booking request, she will offer advice on travel, accommodation, fees and of course your pilgrimage/tour itinerary.
 
From Milena´s CV:
 
Milena studied at the "De Hogeschool Holland" in Diemen / Amsterdam and was awarded a "Bachelor of Arts" degree with honours in tourism management in 1995.
In 2010, Milena was awarded Her Majesty's Britannic Ambassador to Belgium Commendation for her valuable work as co-founder of the 
TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT.
 
In 2011 Milena was awarded honorary life membership of 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 at home and abroad.
 
Milena and Chris achieve 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 2012, Milena received Czech recognition for her dedicated commemoration and remembrance work honouring all Czechoslovaks who fought for freedom during two world wars and beyond.
 
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, and 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.
 
The award was presented by ANLET (Association of the Followers of the 
Legionaries´ Traditions), together with the Czech Union of the Warriors for Freedom.
As Milena remarked in her brief speech, she accepted the award on behalf of the Czechoslovak patriots from the past, who would deserve it in the first place. 
She thinks of herself primarily as the torch bearer perpetuating their memory and patriotic inspiration.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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IN MEMORIAM: Brothers-in-arms, Grand Father & Great Uncle to Chris.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above left:
Driver/Gunner Harold Alec Holder, Royal Field Artillery 1917-1918.
A casualty suffering to the end. Finally laid to rest aged 50, St Peter's churchyard, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire.
 
Above right:
Pte Leonard George Holder age 20, 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry.
KIA 13/6/1916. Buried with his comrades who fell alongside him in Vlamertinge Military CWGC cemetery.
 
 
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Chris Lock
 
Principal Assistant/Guide:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MILITARY & FIRE SERVICE CV
 
 
In 1974 at the age of 15 Chris passed his entrance examinations to serve within the Junior Leaders Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
 
On successful conclusion of his junior service, Chris served as a Chieftain main battle tank gunner/driver with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, primarily in West Germany with the British Army of the Rhine, UK & at the British Army Battle group Training Unit Suffield in Canada.
Deployments included Northern Ireland and with United Nations Peace Keeping Forces during the aftermath of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
 
Chris would eventually achieve a Fire Service career with Avon Fire & Rescue Service in which he served for 27 years as a firefighter, mostly in the roll of Crew Commander specializing in Road Traffic Collision extrication and Vertical Rope Rescue.
 
Today Chris is founder of the TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT,
Honorary Chairman of the Friends of the TMYS,
Northern Ireland Veterans Association Honorary Ambassador to Belgium and member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.
 
Chris's personal achievements:
 
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.
 
2011
 
Chris was 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 achieve 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.
 
2013
 
Chris successfully applied for and gained membership of the 
International Guild of Battlefield Guides.
 
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Company pilgrimage/touring vehicle
 
Renault Scenic TDi automatic: 5 door compact MPV.
 
Full leather pack, tinted electric windows, sun blinds, fridge, sat nav, heated front individual seating, air conditioning, on board audio/visual facility plus more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Above left & right:
Your touring/pilgrimage vehicle alongside the US 27th & 30th Division Memorial located at Vierstraat near Kemmel, Belgium.
 
 
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