Guides and Experts
Our success is the result of the dedication of our staff and advisors. Our
appreciation of the challenges associated with coordinating a successful
school trip has resulted in the loyalty of many schools. Our experienced
School Tours Manager, Tracey Morgan, has direct knowledge of the trials,
tribulations and joys of school trip planning, having arranged and been on
familiarization trips and arranging 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.
Terry Denham started guiding both school parties and adult groups around
the Western Front twenty years ago and frequently visits the area at other
times on research trips. The history of the First World War and the stories
of the men who experienced the conflict first-hand have been a life-long
interest. Terry works with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
every day in his role running the
In From the Cold Project
– a voluntary group specialising in
finding missing casualties of both world wars – and has appeared on T.V. and radio talking
on this subject.
Peter has guided school visits to the major WW1 sites for us for many
years. He believes his main role when guiding parties, is to try and get
them to imagine what it was like for the soldiers at the time. His detailed
knowledge comes from reading everything he can find on the subject, and
then going to see it for himself. Peter works as a solicitor, and looks on his
work for Holts as a vocation aimed at ensuring that the current generation carries
Remembrance forward into the future. He was very gratified to receive a gift from one
school addressed to ‘Our Honorary Old Boy’.
For many years, Malcolm was Head of History at a large secondary school in
the South East of England. Recently retired from teaching, Malcolm remains
the Examiner and Principal Moderator for GCSE History at a major
examining board and assists Holts Tours in compiling tour itineraries and
unique teachers’ support materials. His passion for history is evident in his
contributions to the BBC’s websites and his published works for Longman and Heinemann.
John Lee is well known as a writer, lecturer and guide to the battlefields of
the American Civil War, the Napoleonic Campaigns and, in particular, the
operational history of the First World War. He is a member of the British
Commission for Military History, an Honorary Research Associate of the
Centre for First World War Studies at Birmingham University, and a rank
and file member of the Western Front Association, the Gallipoli Association, the Army
Records Society, and the Haig Fellowship. His study of General Sir Ian Hamilton was
described as ‘a model of military biography’. His most recent books are
Gas Attacks: Ypres
and Celia and John Lee’s new book,
The Churchills: A Family Portrait.
John joined the Royal Air Force aged sixteen and travelled around the world
for the next 38 years as an Air Loadmaster and Helicopter Crewman.
He was involved with the C130 Hercules for over 20 years, mainly in the
‘heavy airdrop’ and ‘parachuting’ roles. John has spent a total of 16 months
of his life airborne. His interest in designing and leading history tours began
by taking RAF Squadrons back to their associated Great War Airfields and history. He joined
Holts Tours in 1999 and has led over 150 tours, mainly in U.K., Europe and the U.S.A.
John’s area of interest includes WW1, WW2, Aviation and the American Civil War.
Chris Perkins served in the Royal Air Force for 35 years as a Helicopter
Crewman, Air Loadmaster and Air Traffic Controller. His flying duties were
involved with the RAF Support Helicopter Force and British Army
throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America. Whilst in
the Service, Chris researched, designed and led bespoke battlefield tours
both at individual squadron and unit level. Since retiring, he has continued his freelance
military research and tour work for commercial tour companies and individuals. He has
been guiding Holts School Tours for the past five years.
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Soldier and nurse role
play; St. George’s
Students at Langemark
The strengths and personalities of the people who will be
with you on your tours – to give you the whole ‘Holts
Experience’ – are one of the chief reasons for our success.
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