Ypres Chain of Evacuation

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Ypres, in the region of Flanders, has been an important historical site throughout the ages. The Chain of Evacuation was the name given by the Royal Army Medical Corps to the plan to move casualties from the war zone to treatment. The first stage of treatment was Regimental Aid Posts, the wounded could then be moved to Advanced Dressing Stations and Main Dressing Stations before reaching Casualty Clearing Stations.

Essex Farm
Essex Farm

La Belle Alliance Regimental Aid Post

The RAP was the most advanced medical station; usually just a few meters behind the font line. It was manned by the regimental doctor and orderlies, unlike all the other dressing stations. Only the most basic medical treatment was given and wounded were either returned to their units after dressings were applied or awaited transport to the rear.

Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station

The ADS were the second stage in the Chain of Evacuation of wounded troops. Located a few hundred meters behind the fighting and the RAP. They had basic medical facilities but were unable to carry out anything more than superficial dressings. Duhallow ADS / Cemetery was started in July 1917 during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge.

Duhallow ADS
Duhallow ADS

Brandhoek Medical Dressing Station

The MDS was the next stage in the Chain of Evacuation. Nothing of the site survives however it gives an idea of the distance from the ADS further on and Lijssenthoek to the rear. The importance of Brandhoek was it’s sorting of wounded before shipping them on to Remy Sidings (Lijssenthoek). The nearby railway line was of vital importance.

Lijssenthoek Casualty clearing Station

The British CCS was opened in Poperinge, just before the battle of Ypres. It was a long way from the railway which made transport to Base Hospitals difficult. In June 1915 the CCS moved to Lijssenthoek, the set up became known as Remy Sidings.

BRAND NEW — Set of student guides, notes and worksheet activities based on latest school curriculum, complete with pictures, maps and information for leaders to photocopy and distribute as necessary. Latest Teachers Guides also supplied.

1 Day Tour — Price from £65.00 per student — 1:10 Staff FOC

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