Join us on a fascinating new tour to an iconic WW1 location: Mons. Here the first shots of the war were fired by British troops in August 1914 and four years later the war ended here for British and Commonwealth troops on 11th November 1918.
4 Day Tour
- Day 1 – Local departure by coach then onwards to Belgium for a three-night stay.
- Day 2 – First Shots & Last Shots of the War – Mons - We start at Casteau where the memorial to the 4th Dragoon Guards stands on the spot where Corporal Thomas of the British army fired the first shots of the British Army in August 1914. Opposite, only a few yards away, is a Canadian memorial commemorating the last day of the war. We then go to Nimy and walk along the front defended by 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, seeing Nimy Bridge where the first two Victoria Crosses of the war were won. At Obourg Railway Station we look at the action in which it was defended by the 4th Middlesex in 1914, and at Mons Communal Cemetery see the graves of those who died in 1914 and also 1918. After lunch in central Mons we continue to Feignies visiting Fort Leveau, a pre-WW1 French fort now an excellent war museum. We end the day by travelling out to the left flank to Elouges where the Cheshires and Norfolks held out, seeing their graves in Churchyard. At Audregnies we see the Sugar Factory, scene of a 1914 cavalry charge by men of the 4th Dragoon Guards and 9th Lancers; and visit their graves nearby. B
- Day 3 – Canadian Advance on Mons – Final Casualties of the War - We begin the day with a drive west along the canal to visit the areas of Jemappes and Ghislain, visiting Hautrage Cemetery, before continuing to Valenciennes, where we look at the start of the Canadian Advance on Mons in November 1918. Following lunch we will visit the moving and unique St Symphorien Military Cemetery, where the first and last British casualties are buried, before continuing to Nouvelles where we see the last casualties of the Royal Naval Division. B
- Day 4 – To Calais and return home. B
Included Meals: B=Breakfast
Please Note: Entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost