Battlefield Exploration offers a range of battlefield tours, either focusing on specific themes or on specific areas.
> Highlights of the Ypres Salient
> The Messines Ridge Experience
> The Menin Road Experience
> ANZAC Experience
> Canadian Experience
> Irish Experience
> Behind the Front Experience
> 1st Battle of Ypres (1914)
> 2nd Battle of Ypres (1915)
> 3rd Battle of Ypres (1917)
> 4th Battle of Ypres (1918)
The British Imperial Force consisted of many nationalities from all over the world. Yet, the Irish story is a very special one. With a massive rebellion against the English rule, the island of Ireland was internally divided: fight with or against the English? The MP brothers John and Willie Redmond chose to fight with the English in the hope to get home rule...
Leaving from the city centre of Ypres, we drive to Locre, where the Irish Divisions had their headquarters in 1916-1917. At Locre we have a look at Locre Churchyard where a lot of Irish soldiers found their last resting place. Passing Locre Hospice we go for a look at the grave of Willie Redmond, who was wounded during the Battle of Messines and died of shock. He was buried in the garden of the convent. From Locre we drive on towards Kemmel and the hilly area where lots of shelters and dugouts were created. From Kemmel we follow in the footsteps of the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Division who conquered Wijtschate during the Mine Battle of Messines Ridge. We stop over at the Spanbroekmolen Crater (Pool of Peace) and visit the memorials to the Irish at Wijtschate. We also pass by the place where Willie Redmond was shot and nursed by John Meeke. From Wijtschate the tour brings us to Messines, where we end the tour with a visit to the moving Island of Ireland Peace Park.
> 3 hour tour: € 40 p.p.
No entrance fees required.
Ideally the tour starts from Ypres at 9 am or 1.30 pm. Other departures are also possible.