Medics, Vets & Padres

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

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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
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