Empire Troops on the Western Front

To plan and arrange your tour, call Tracey on: 01306 873 571

Alternatively, if you’re interested in booking a tour for a smaller group, take a look at what our sister site offers: legerbattlefields.co.uk

At the start of the Great War in August 1914 it soon became clear that Great Britain’s existing Regular Army and Territorial Reserves would need a huge injection of manpower to fight a continental or global war.

Kitchener's Army
Kitchener's Army

Kitchener’s New Armies

Volunteers in their hundreds of thousands responded from the home counties to form Kitchener’s New Armies, but the call was also answered from more distant shores, including India, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and other parts of the British Empire.

How were these new troop formations raised, trained, transported and used in battle on the Western Front? Where did the troops fight? What was the cost?

Each nationality claimed to have the best and bravest soldiers and each was willing to make huge sacrifices to support the ‘Mother Country’.

Delville Wood
Delville Wood

This schools battlefield and education WWI tour invokes the spirit of a generation of young idealists and adventurers, who travelled across the globe for a cause they believed in – and died for.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
School Children

Tracey Morgan - School Tours Executive

Tracey Morgan has direct knowledge of the trials, tribulations and joys of school trip planning, having arranged and experienced familiarisation trips, as well as organising inbound and outbound tours around the world. This wisdom ensures that each tour you travel on with Holts Tours will cover every eventuality and explore every opportunity.

To arrange and plan your tour, call Tracey on 01306 873 571