Following the centenary and the publication of of a roll of honour for the school, this 3 night tour will study the events of Loos 1915, The Somme 1916, Arras 1917 & the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line 1918. It will follow the schools old boys & masters, 1,235 of whom served with 206 paying the ultimate sacrifice. We will visit a number Cemeteries and Memorials where they lie today alongside locations of the many actions they fought in and where their decorations were awarded. The tour will be led by Clive Harris. The tour is based on bed & breakfast basis and is located in central Arras, there will be pick ups in Leicester, Ebbsfleet & Dover Docks.
Day One - Tuesday 2 July 2019
Starting in Leicester we will also pick up at Ebbsfleet International Station and Dover Eastern Docks before crossing to Calais, we begin the history on route to Arras with a stop at the Notre Dame de Lorette Memorial to put the British involvement in the war into context. We then visit the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner, from here we will view the Hohenzollern Redoubt where, on the 13 October the 46th North Midland Division made their advance. A number of old boys fell in this atack and no less than eight were mentioned in Sir John French's despatch.
Overnight in a central Arras Hotel
Day Two - Wednesday 3 July 2019
Today we focus on the Somme fighting throughout 1916. Starting with the diversionary attack at Gommecourt, a number of 'old boys' served in the 46th Division attack here along with Harold Langham serving in the neighbouring London Rifle Brigade. We then move onto the Ancre Valley to discover the story of the Royal Naval Division, Claude Gow was a surgeon in this famous Division when he fell on the 13 November 1916 alongside Lancelot Dewar of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, the latter was to lose a brother the following year. Lunch will be taken in nearby Auchonvillers before we head south of the Albert/Bapaume Road. We cover the tunnelling war underground at La Boiselle before visiting the grave of William Scott in nearby Gordon Dump Cemetery. We then look at the succesful 'Dawn Attack' on the 14 July at Bazentin that involved a number of Leicestershire Battalions before ending the day at the Theipval Memorial & visitors centre.
Overnight in a central Arras Hotel
Day Three - Thursday 4 July 2019
We spend the day studying the fighting in and around Arras, starting in the shadow of the Mont St Eloi Abbey we study the air war, so vital a compnent in Arras operations, from here Oliver Ellis flew with the famous 'Naval 8' No 8 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service, we then visit nearby Ecoivres CWGC the resting place for Samuel Lennard of the Leicestershire Regiment, again one of a pair of brothers who were old boys of the school to both fall in battle. After a visit to the Vimy Ridge Memorial and Canadian Cemetery No2 where Guy Stephenson is buried we head back into Arras and free time for lunch. The afternoon sees us visit Monchy le Preux such a vital village in the fighting for Arras, here we will study cavalry actions in the Great War alongside visiting the 37th Division memorial that lists its Leicestershire battalions. The Vis en Artois Memorial is visited to learn of the Advance to Victory between August and November of 1918 with Edward Harrison of the Welch Regiment and Stanley Myrton of the Royal Fusiliers among the schools war dead commemorated on its walls. A final stop of the day is to the Arras Memorial close to the citadel in the heart of the town to end our day.
Day Four - Friday 5 July 2019
Our final historical stop on the trip will be to Riqueval Bridge and Bellicourt Cemetery, it was here on the 29 September 1918 that the 46th North Midland Division, containing many of the schools men fought a decisive victory in breaking the Hindenburg Line. We end at the grave of Frank Wollerton of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry to lay a wreath, though an individual he will represent all men of the school who left all that was dear to fight the Greater Game overseas.