About the tour: Shot at Dawn - Military Executions in WW1

More than 300 soldiers were executed for a variety of military crimes including desertion and cowardice, these men were subsequently pardoned in recent years.

Tour Includes


  • 3 nights' accommodation with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
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    Local departure by coach, then to northern France or Belgium for a three-night stay.

    We start in the town of Poperinghe in Flanders; the scene of many British executions during the war. We see the town hall courtyard where some of these took place, the Shot At Dawn Memorial and the so-called ‘Death Cells’ where men were detained by the Military Police. We see the graves and examine the stories of 17 executed soldiers in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, the largest number buried in one place. We also take time to visit the Behind The Lines museum at Talbot House, which covers the subject of military discipline, as well as following the story of ‘Tubby’ Clayton and Talbot House itself. After lunch we visit the impressive In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres and then look at the story of executed soldier Private Herbert Burden who is commemorated on the Menin Gate; he inspired the ‘Shot At Dawn’ Memorial at the National Arboretum. We then walk along the Ypres Ramparts where some executions took place in WW1 to the moving Ramparts Cemetery at the Lille Gate. We spend the evening in Ypres, attending the Last Post Ceremony.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Today we travel down into northern France to St. Pol where we look at the story of three men of the 19th Durham Light Infantry executed together in 1917; a rare occurrence. We then journey to the Somme and after lunch we visit Thiepval where we follow the story of Private Harry Farr, whose family were one of those who led the pardon campaign. At Becourt we examine the story of two men who made it back to England after deserting before being brought back to France to be shot and then see the Somme museum in Albert. We look at the moving story of James Crozier, one of the youngest to be executed. We see where his execution took place in Mailly-Maillet and visit his grave nearby. We end the tour at the the graves of Privates Ingham and Longshaw; executed in 1916, Ingham's grave is the only one which bears the inscription ‘Shot At Dawn’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Journey to Calais then return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

    Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £89; travel insurance from £34.95.

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for three nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France., such as the 4-star Hotel Alize in Mouscron or the 3-star Hotel Des Acacias in Neuville-en-Ferrain. The hotel will have a bar and all bedrooms will have a T.V. and telephone.

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      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £41.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, select option 1, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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