Medics, Vets & Padres

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If you were wounded in the Great War your chances of survival were high, that is if you could be evacuated into the casualty system quickly – from regimental aid post to advanced dressing station, to casualty clearing station, to base hospital, hospital ship and then on to England.

The sad, silent cemeteries from the First World War still remain at each stage to remind us of those who did not make it.

Red Cross nurses

Royal Army Medical Corps

This schools battlefield and education tour looks at the tasks of the Royal Army Medical Corps, the stretcher bearers, orderlies, nurses, doctors and surgeons in World War I.

Red Cross station
Shell Burst

Veterinary Corps

The Great War also saw the start of a formalised Veterinary Corps, which transported, treated, convalesced and returned many thousands of horses and mules to duty.

Soldier & Pack Horse
French Soldier and Horse

Whose side was God on?

What of the Padres and Clerics? How could they reconcile their religion with the slaughter surrounding them? Whose side was God on? It must have been very confusing…

WWI Schools Battlefields and Education tours

Medics, Vets and Padres is one of several themed Holts WWI Schools Battlefields and Education tours. School trips can be arranged in both the Somme and Ypres Salient to cover other specialist themes including First World War Poets, Pals Battalions, Empire Troops on the Western Front, and Geography.

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
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500