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 born in January 1915.
We have also represented this fine charity durng the 100 years commemoration last post ceremony and continue to do so when requested or required.
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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 CWGC headstone with the name of the fallen soldier.
After almost a century, Dominick symbolically returned home.
Above left & right: Mission completed.
Chris first donned military uniform whilst still at school with his local Army Cadet Force, achieving the rank of Cadet/Staff Sergeant.
On leaving school at the age of 15, Chris continued his cadet force enrollment before passing the necessary exams to secure a coveted place within the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps.
His junior commitment fully achieved, Chris proudly concluded his 3 year contract with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in the roll of Chieftain Main Battle Tank and Ferret Armoured Car driver/gunner.
Operational deployments included Northern Ireland, United Nations Peace Keeping Forces in Cyprus, British Army of the Rhine Germany and live fire Battlegroup training at the British Army Training Unit Suffield, Canada.
However it was with Avon Fire and Rescue Service that Chris would secure 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.
Chris is most proud to have served the best part of his life in the defence and protection of the realm. Today he ensures that those others who sacrificed all which was dear to them on behalf of the nation and the freedom we all enjoy today are never 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.
Commendations were presented on conclusion of a special reception
held within the British Ambassador's residence in Brussels. Her
Excellency, Ambassador Dr Rachel Aaron offered the following statement:
behalf of Her Majesty's Government and her people, I thank Chris and
his committee for their dedication and for their great achievement on
behalf of the tank crews lost in the Ypres Salient.
above statement is revealed within the official commendation itself
& for that Ambassador Aaron, we are all truly very grateful. Thank
Please see below link:
Chris & Milena then created the Friends of the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient organisation to support the above memorial. The Friends represent the TMYS wherever required and also have their own dedicated page located within the above highlighted web site.
Chris & Milena are also recognised as joint founders on behalf of the
"In their memory" plaque located on the Hotel Regina, Ypres.
Fully supported by Chris & Milena, the memorial plaque was eventually achieved and brought to conclusion by the town's Royal Entente organisation.
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.
This painting could represent the maternal grandfather to Chris and younger brother to Leonard, 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.
This painting could be an image of the 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 buried alongside fallen comrades in Vlamertinge Military CWGC cemetery.