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Guides and Experts

Tracey Morgan

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

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 Vince

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’.

Malcolm Chandler

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

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 Grimwood

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

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.


Top to bottom:

Soldier and nurse role

play; St. George’s

Memorial Church;

Students at Langemark

German Cemetery

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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