Wouter Feys (°1975) is the founder and owner of Battlefield Exploration. Born and raised in the German rest and recreation area of the Great War, he was trained as secondary school teacher in English, German and history. He also took several courses on guiding and battlefield exploration. Wouter started doing battlefield tours in 2003 and has been doing this professionally and full time since 2013.
Not only is Wouter a licensed tour leader, he is also accredited as specialist regional guide for the Westhoek (Nieuwpoort – Diksmuide – Ypres – Messines) and one of the few specialist guides for the Messines Ridge Experience (VVV Heuvelland). Also worth mentioning is that Wouter is one of the key figures in redesigning the Menin Road Museum and chairman of the Brothers-in-Arms Memorial Project, aiming to raising the necessary funding to erect a memorial near Polygon Wood for all the sets of brothers that got killed in the First World War. The truly remarkable discovery of the Zonnebeke Five, 5 Australian soldiers that were excavated in 2006 by Johan Vandewalle and his team, was the trigger fort his fantastic project. Wouter is also one of the main lecturers on military history in the Flanders Battlefield Guides Training Program for would-be guides and tour leaders.
Military history and battlefield exploration really is a passion for Wouter. One of the reasons he erected the non-profit organisation War And Remembrance vzw, to organise a whole range of activities for military history enthusiasts. Wouter obviously often lectures on the Great War and other military history for this organization, but is also quite often asked to speak at meetings of other organizations. However, for Wouter nothing can beat the actual battlefield exploration, learning history on the places where it all happened.