Battlefield Guides

Victoria Crosses of the Salient

The Victoria Cross is the most prestigious medal that can be awarded for gallantry and conspicuous acts in the face of the enemy.  There were numerous soldiers from the Commonwealth and Empire armies whose brave actions went well beyond the call of duty.

During the fighting within the Ypres Salient from October 1914 until the final days of the Great War, sixty six men were awarded the Victoria Cross. One of these, Captain Noel Chavasse, was awarded a Bar to his Victoria Cross already gained on the Somme in August 1916.

On this tour we follow in the footsteps of these courageous soldiers as we visit the sites of their gallant acts of bravery.  Each VC action is different and we look at various selected stories of men of all backgrounds and rank including those that rushed concrete pill boxes when the odds of survival were minimal and men, such as the previously mentioned Captain Chavasse, who risked their own lives to help others.

We look at those who survived their VC action and the war and what became of them in post-war life as well as visiting the place of commemoration for soldiers that paid the ultimate price.  This tour is intensely personal, solely focussed on the men themselves and is highly recommended for those with an interest in these inspiring acts of gallantry.

Our full day VCs of the Ypres Salient Vehicle tour starts at £250 for up to 4 people.
For variations to the itinerary or larger groups please email or see our Tour Options/Prices page.