Battle Tours with World War-1.co.uk
Stuart Baxter began his Battlefield Tours company a few years ago now and has worked tirelessly to organise tours which achieve two important aims, value for the customer and more importantly a personal touch which will transport those on our tours into the battlefields and the mindset of those brave men who fought there.
Recently Stuart recruited Paul Grimley to the company as a guide, and together they have worked to produce what they believe are some of the best available tours of the WW1 battlefields Paul is en ex-Serviceman, RAF Regiment for 13 years and now retired from HM Prison Service after 23 years.
His passion for WW1 lead him to become a tour guide and to work with The Victoria Cross Trust at their museum as a volunteer guide.
He has experience in taking large, medium and small groups including school and Cadet Forces, as well as the bespoke tours that Baxters Battlefield Tours can offer.
Stuart and Paul compliment each other, with Stuart driving and Paul guiding, with great friendly interaction and absolute respect for their subject and those that they take to the battlefields.
They can research the details of family members, giving some insight into where they fought and why, and quite often some very personal memories from their Service Records.
They take great pride and pleasure in visiting the cemeteries where loved ones lay to take their descendants to pay their respects, and to give them a feeling of closeness to those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
The tours can be run for groups of 6 people, or over 20 people as a general tour, and include sites all around The Somme, Mons & Ypres These tours can be arranged with the emphasis on guests requests mixed into a general tour for the small groups.
With the larger groups on general tours they will within reason, fit in guests requests to visit specific cemeteries so that they can pay respects to loved ones.
Almost all of their tours are based in Ypres, staying at the Hotel O,on a B&B basis, just 30 metres from the town square.
The location is absolutely ideal as it is only a short walk to The Menin Gate where both Stuart & Paul attend the Last Post Ceremony most nights that they are in Ypres, and where they can arrange for you to lay a wreath in tribute if you wish.
In any case this is an event which is a "must do" for almost all battlefield tourists, and is their chance to take part in a ceremony which has happened every night since 1927, except throughout WW2, and now well over 30,000 times.
This is perhaps the ultimate way of paying respects to not only the 54,000 men who are named on the monument, but to all who gave their lives for freedom.
Both would be delighted to hear from you, and will always treat any inquiry with respect and confidentiality, and above all honesty.
We Will Remember Them......
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