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The following information and tours have been reproduced in order to share and preserve the memory of PVT George Tougher of  the 2nd Battalion Sherwood foresters

Introduction

“Some years ago, we started to investigate where Lynne’s Grandad won a Military Medal, we knew that he won it near Ypres but that was all… and so the search began. I started by looking on the World Wide Web – you can find anything on there! not quite that easy, only if you want to pay for the guided tours on offer, so we used the old method of books, museums and finally going there. Sitting in a merry state one evening in a very good Chinese Restaurant, in the City of Lille, we decided to do what we could never find – information on where to visit relating to the First World War on the World Wide Web -so here we go. We have based four separate tours on our own experiences and these can be used as you wish, although if you are new to this the Ypres tour (Tour 1) will give you an excellent grounding. Each day covers a different battle area and suggests places to visit that we found interesting. We have tried to put enough information in without bogging you down, but suggesting further reading and where to get it in the More Info pages.”

I would recommend the Cloth Hall in the City of Ypres to anyone, whether you wish to go further and tour the battlefields or just have your fill of it here. The collection includes weapons, uniforms, photographs and diaries – all this as the history of the war is told in cold graphical detail.

  • Ypres – Memorial Museum
  • Tyne Cot Memorial
  • Polygon Wood
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Plug Street
  • Hill 60
  • Sanctuary Wood
  • Hooge Crater
  • Menin Gate

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Whether you stopped in Albert or have driven here you cannot fail to notice the golden figure of the Virgin Mary which stands on top of the Basilique Notre-Dame des Brébiéres. The Musee des Abris is our first call, situated under the Basilique, it is a dark, damp experience, caverns full of artefacts

  • Albert
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Delville Wood
  • Tommy’s Cafe
  • Thiepval
  • Ulster Tower
  • Newfoundland Memorial

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Start your day in Arras, may be you took my advice and stayed at the Ibis Hotel just of the place des héros, if not you can park in the Place des Héros just out side the Hotel de Ville – tourist office. This is where the day starts, in the underground tunnels of Arras, a city beneath a city. The tunnels were begun in the twelfth century and used as a both means of communication and a place of refuge.

  • Arras
  • Canadian Memorial
  • Grange Tunnels
  • Cabaret Rouge
  • French Memorial
  • La Targette Hand
  • German Cemetery

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Never has a day invoked so much thought as the day we visited the Verdun area, this was the area of battle for mainly French/ German and the scene of much death and destruction of a piece of land. Starting in the town of verdun, you will need a keen sense to find the Citadel, or a local map helps. There is a car park opposite and an entrance fee to this under ground city.

  • Verdun – Citadel
  • Fort Vaux
  • Museum
  • Fort Douaumont
  • Douaumont Ossuary
  • The Lion Monument

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