Arrse tour of Ypres 2009

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  1. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Dates for the 2009 Arrse Battlefield Tour of Ypres will be the weekend of 27 to 30 March.
    As at the Somme, Flyingmonkey will lead the tour and it will be linear walks, as then.
    Format will be arrive Friday 27th.
    Tour 28 & 29.
    Disperse, 30th.

    Flyingmonkey will give further details.

    If you wish to attend plase add your name to the list;

    Oldbaldy +1
  2. Hi All,

    The tour will follow a similar line to that of the Somme. 2 x 3 to 5 mile walks a day covering the First War history around Ypres, and some other stops at sights once the walks are completed. I will orginise lunch at a similar venue to what we had on the Somme, Ham Cheese, or Pate baguette with drink and a bowl of soup. I'll get back with prices as soon as I can. I will add a post later today of various hotels and B and B's here in Ypres, with their contact numbers email addresses etc. They will all be stumbling distance from the various bars here in the city center!
    The various walks I have planned if any of you want to do some pre-reading are:

    1. A walk around Plugstreet Wood, inside and out. Looking at the stabilisation of the lines in late 1914 and British Counter attacks in the area. Failed KSLI attack in December 1914. A stop at one of the sights of the Xmas Truce in Dec 1914. The loss and discovery and reburials of Harry Wilkinson and Richard Lancaster, Lancs Fus. A look at Bruce Bairnsfather, iconic cartoonist of the time. Finally the southern tip of the Messines offensive of June 1917 and unexploded mines of that offensive.

    2. A walk accross a section of British Front (36th Ulster & 16th Irish Divs) in front of the Messines risge looking at the central part of the operation. The walk covers a lot of the mines that exploded on the 7th June in what has been described as mans biggest ever conventional explosion, 934,000 Ilbs of explosive in 19 mines! As the walk has a particular "Tunnelling" Theme to it, we also look at the work of the Mine resue specialists attached to the RE Tunnelers and one of their feats in rescuing a British Tunneller trapped underground for 6 days. The walk finishes at a series of preserved German trenches.

    3. A walk covering the Final phases of the Second battle of Ypres and subsequent gas attacks. We walk the tracks from the site of our rear area trenches up to our front. Looking at the German positions on Mauser Ridge. We will look at a gas attack on 24th May 1915 at Mousetrap Farm that all but wiped out the 2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers. The walk will finish looking at the First major offensive actions of the Canadians in Ypres helping out in a counter attack on Kitcheners Wood during the opening stages of the Second Battle of Ypres.

    4. This walk starts just behind the lines of the 55th Div prior to their attack on the firststages of the Battle of Passendale. We will look at one of their battalion doctors Noel Chavasse and his subsequent 2 Victoria Crosses. We will look over the ground held by the 1st Bn Monmouthshires who fight to the last on the 8th May 1915 on the Frezenberg Ridge, with the loss of Captain Edwards who on being asked to surrender to the Germans shouts back "Surrender Be Damned!"

    If time permits, and I am sure it will I also intend to visit Tyne Cott Cemtery and Noel Chavasses grave.

    As I asked prior to the Somme tour. If anyone has any private cemetery requests to make, the sooner the better.

    Back soon.

  4. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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  5. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

  6. If you wish to attend please add your name to the list;

    Oldbaldy +1
    Firework Phil
    Stoatman + Mrs Stoat + Stoatlette
  7. Can i put a reserve place bid in please? Looks very good at the moment!
  8. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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  9. Okay folks,

    Here are some accommodation options. I have split the group into two. Hotels and bed and breakfasts. All metioned on this list, unless otherwise stated are in the (walking) vicinity of Ypres Town Square:


    HOTEL ARIANE, Boezinge Straat, 8900 Ieper : Smart 4 star hotel with spacious en-suite rooms. Beautiful restaurant, bar, sauna and Jacuzzi. The hotel foyer contains many WW1 exhibits. Short walk from Ypres town square (Grote Markt) and Menin Gate. Contact: Tel - 0032 (0) 57 21 82 18, Fax – 0032 (0) 57 21 87 99. Email –

    NOVOTEL, Sint Jacobsstraat, 8900 Ieper: Smart modern 3 star hotel located 200 meters from the town square. 122 bedrooms all en-suite, bar, sauna and fitness room. The hotel also has an underground car park and email facilities. Contact: Tel- 0032 (0) 57 42 96 00, Fax- 0032 (0) 57 42 96 01. Email –


    Bed and Breakfasts

    Needless to say fellow Ypres resident and ARRSEr Banjo Trooper has his own Highly reccommended B and B and can be contacted thru the forum or on:

    THE RUM JAR. Run by ex Pat Pete Morris, offerring a full english bkfast with the rooms. This may be good for singlies as he has a number of rooms that can sleep 4 and 3 persons, plus a number of doubles. Peter is aware of the forthcoming ARRSE tour, so when you book, state that you are on it. He knows it is a genuine battlefield tour and not a gay boys outing!! Contact: Tel- 0032 (0) 473 77 88 06.

    A B and B run by the Ypres Chief of Police! No badlads!!

    AMBROSIA HOTEL: D’Hondstraat 54-56, 8900 Ieper: Bed and breakfast located 300 meters from the town square. Offering 9 double and single bedrooms, all ensuite. Contact: Tel/Fax- 0032 (0) 57 20 87 58. Web -

    Self catering house:


    Banjo, if I have left any out that you can think of add them to the list.

    Hope thses help

  10. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Pm sent.
  12. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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  13. Ref: Ariane the bar still beautiful after last year's visit?
  14. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Well, it looked good until you arrived. :D
  15. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

    and it improved by that time ... i guess that's what ob wanted to say :D