Saturday, December 17, 2011

New website !

Hello

We do have a new website where you will find more details and information on the tours !

You can check at this address : www.fromellesandflandersbattlefieldtours.com

Feel free to contact us for any enqueries or if you have a question

Greg

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter and Anzac day !

Happy Easter to all and enjoy the Anzac day ceremonies if you are in Australia and New Zealand !

We will remember them ! Lest we forget !

Greg

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Welcome to Fromelles & Flanders Battlefield Tours !

Hello !

My name is Greg. I have set up this webpage in order to provide tours of my area, Northern France. I live in Lille, at the center of a region that has "experienced" two wars and two occupations.



                                   Fromelles' Pheasant Wood Cemetery (Source : E. MacNamara)


WWI, also known as the Great war, is renowned for its fierce and bloody battles. Fromelles, for the Australians, is a totally new place of interest. Gallipoli (Turkey) was, so far, the place to go for the Aussies. But there is this tiny Fromelles town, typical of the region called, Les Weppes, that has brought so much attention in the last couple of years. When 250 soldiers (Mainly Australian soldiers) buried in a pit by the Germans, where uncovered by the amazing work of Lambis Englezos and the likes, the French, Australian and British governments worked out to find the best way to provide these chaps with their last resting place. After several years of specific technological works (DNA tests and forensic examination) the town of Fromelles offered the land where the VC Corner cemetery is now located. The 19th of July 2010 marked the 94th anniversary of what is called the battle of Fromelles. A dedication was held and an unknown soldier was buried, with full military honours, in the last cemetery built since the 1960's.

Ypres and the Flander's fields are well known for the three Battles fought and also for the famous poem written by John McCrae. Discover Hill 60, Langemark (German Cemetery) or Tyne Cot, the biggest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in the World. Experience the moving "Last Post" ceremony held every night at 8 pm since the 1920's at the Menin Gate !

These private or group tours will start in the Spring 2011. But if you have any inquiries or would like to travel to a different site (Dunkirk, The Somme, or even Normandy) feel free to ask. It doesn't cost a thing !

Departures are from Lille, which is very easy to reach by TGV or Eurostar from Paris or London. I will collect you either at the train station or at your hotel or any other locations in and around Lille. 

Greg CĂ©lerse
Fromelles & Flanders Battlefield Tours

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Recommendations III

My wife and I had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Fromelles and Flanders
battlefields with Greg Celerse in September 2010. It was an easy return day
trip from Paris to Lille on the TGV where we were met by Greg who drove
us to Fromelles and other battlefields. He is an excellent guide with a pleasant
personality and a deep knowledge of the area and its history. He speaks
perfect English and his contribution made the day a very moving experience
for us. Fromelles is a place that had a new meaning for us, as it should for all
Australians and Greg’s knowledge greatly increased our understanding of what
occurred there.

We returned to Lille in time to take a walking tour with Greg of what we found
to be a very interesting city. Overall the day was one that we will never forget. I
have no hesitation in recommending Greg to anyone wishing to make this visit.
Although it would be possible to hire a car and travel independently, it would be
impossible to gain the knowledge and understanding that we did with his help.

The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO, Melbourne, Australia

Recommendations II

"Greg Celerse is a Frenchman with an Irish accent, a friendly nature and a passion for the history of his native Northern France, which was a theatre of battle in both world wars. 
My wife and I met Greg when we went to France in mid-2010 to attend the reburial ceremony for more than 200 WWI Allied soldiers whose remains had been found in an unmarked mass grave.  We happened to meet Greg the day before the ceremony at the Lille tourist bureau where he then worked.  Hearing we wanted to go to Fromelles that evening to look at the site before security was imposed for the ceremony next day, he offered to drive us there in his own car. 
Greg impressed us with his friendliness, local knowledge and careful driving, so we were pleased to hear that his ambition was to start his own Battlefield tours business.  We have already recommended him to friends who have reported back in glowing terms. 
The people of Northern France are famously friendly to Australian visitors -- but not all of them speak English as well as Greg does. Even if it is with a Dublin accent. To find out the reason for that, you'll have to ask him ..."

Andrew Rule
"The Age" newspaper
Melbourne

Recommendations IV

" Greg was our personal guide for a half day tour to Fromelles and Ypres to visit the memorials of two of my grand uncles. Greg is an excellent guide who is knowledgeable and passionate about the Battlefields of Northern France. We were also impressed with his entertaining bits of trivia, his humour and the hint of Irish in his spoken English - which is excellent.

He is flexible, relaxed, friendly, enthusiastic and shows great empathy. We highly recommend Greg Celerse and his Fromelles Flanders Battlefield Tours."


Eleanor & Kelly, Benalla, Australia

Recommendation I

"I was given a personalised tour of the battlefield areas around Lille with Greg Celerse. I was very pleased when I made contact with Greg as he was most obliging and flexible and was able to take me to the little British Cemetery near Borre to visit the grave of my great uncle.

Greg met me at the station and took me to some of the better known sites such as Fromelles and Pheasant Wood. However Borre was a little hard to find, especially with road works closing some of the main roads. But Greg persisted until we found a way around the road works and we finally arrived at the tiny village.

Greg has considerable knowledge about the history of the area and I was fascinated by some of his stories. Language was no problem as Greg speaks fluent English. I can highly recommend Greg to anyone wanting to visit and learn about the battlefield areas in Northern France."

Margaret Ludowyk, Melbourne, Australia