" Fields where bravery was common and eternal respect earned"
BAXTERS BATTLEFIELD TOURS
Stuart Baxter & Paul Grimley Of Baxter’s Battlefield Tours
Stuart Baxter founded his Battlefield Tours company over 7 years ago and has undertaken the management and guiding of tours to World War One battlefields with groups of different sizes over that period.
The company prides itself on personal engagement with clients and the provision of a first-class tour, regardless of the level of knowledge of those who tour with them.
Safety, comfort, and enjoyment are the three guiding influences along with paying respects to those who paid the supreme sacrifice by ensuring that their stories are told and they are never forgotten.
Stuart has the ability to plan and put into effect tours for groups of 6 people and groups of over 24, and he is a very hands-on owner with a reputation growing by the year for making his tours interesting and thought-provoking.
Many groups that he takes to Belgium and France have become annual bookings, and friends rather than clients.
Stuart is a family man, bringing up his “little people” as he calls his two children to understand the war and respect the fallen.
He has a personal interest in the Royal Army Medical Corps, which he has extensively researched.
His passion for the subject is obvious to all, and his friendliness and sense of humour quickly achieve his objective of making a tour a very personal experience for those who travel with his company.
Stuart has managed to visit almost every single one of the WW1 CWGC Cemeteries in France and Belgium, a target that he has set for himself, and one which he will shortly achieve.
Paul is one of Baxters Battlefield Tours Tour Guides.
His background includes 13 years of service with the RAF Regiment all over the world, and 23 years as a Senior Officer in HM Prison Service.
He works with the Victoria Cross Trust as a volunteer when not on tour.
Military history has been one of his main interests for over 30 years, and for the last 7 years, he has been a tour guide.
Working on a self-employed basis, Paul does tours for Galina International and Baxters, the former mostly taking school tours and the later with small bespoke tour groups.
Broad knowledge of the WW1 battles and a particular interest in Shot At Dawn, Paul has stories to tell and from his military service can easily relate to the experiences of “Tommy Atkins” during the war.
Paul comes from a family with a long military history, his Grandfather fought in WW1 with the Northumberland Fusiliers, and his father and 2 uncles fought in WW2 with the Royal Artillery and in Cavalry Regiments.
His sense of humour and ability to bring to life the experiences of the soldiers of WW1 entertain and inform groups who tour with him and this has to lead to many groups particularly asking for Paul as their guide for their tours.
World War 1 Tours
Tours are planned individually once a request for a tour has been made.
Stuart organises the accommodation, ferry, transport, and any logistical issues. Taking into account where the tour is visiting, groups stay either in Ypres or on The Somme, usually on a B&B basis, although sometimes packed lunches can be arranged.
Itineraries are usually made by Paul, taking into account any specific requests from groups or individuals who might want to visit the final resting place of a family member or to see where they fell or fought in the battle.
In small groups of 6, flexibility is never an issue, larger groups are still consulted about their requirements and an itinerary made to suit them but it is a little more difficult to be flexible – but NEVER impossible.
Transport is a full-sized coach for groups of 24 -45 and a 9 seater minibus for the groups of 6.
For small groups, Stuart normally drives to allow Paul to guide effectively on the move.
All vehicles used are insured and safe, and all vehicle transport and excursions are included in the price.
Groups are usually collected from a single pick-up point near their homes if possible and returned to that point at the conclusion of the tour.
For further information on Baxters Battlefield Tours, please visit our website. There is an enquiry option, or if you feel easier speaking to a member of the team please don’t hesitate to ring us on one of the numbers below:-
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