Europe 2019 Part 1 - WW1 Western Front Tour

(Including Singapore, Paris and Amsterdam Stopovers)


Europe 2019

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Singapore
4-5 June 2019
Singapore 2019
Novotel Singapore
Charke Quay
Singapore 2019
Colleen and Denis
Clarkes Quay
Singapore 2019
Garden by the Bay
Front of Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
View from front of
Marina Bay Sands


Singapore 2019
View from front of
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
Marina Bay Sands
Luxury Hotel
Singapore 2019
View from SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
View from SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
View from SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands


Singapore 2019
View from SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
Colleen and Denis
SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
Garden by the Bay
SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
Garden by the Bay
SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 2019
Chinatown
Singapore
Singapore 2019
Colleen
Chinatown
Singapore 2019
Sri Mariamman Temple
Chinatown
Singapore 2019
Colleen on more bloody stairs but Europe was worse!
Singapore 2019
Listening to State of Origin 1 Waiting from flight to Paris

Paris, France
6-8 and 11-14 June 2019
Paris 2019
Holiday Inn Express on
Canal de la Villette
Paris 2019
Canal de la Villette
Holiday Inn (Right)
Paris 2019
Canal de la Villette Bridge
Raised for boat to pass under
Paris 2019
Colleen with Hotel des Invalides (Background)
Paris 2019
Hotel des Invalides
(Hospital for Military Veterans)
Paris 2019
Denis in the Hotel Square
Golden Dome (Background)
Paris 2019
Colleen in the Musee de l'Armee (Army Museum)
Paris 2019
D Day Paratrooper bike
in the Army Museum
Paris 2019
Denis in the Musee de l'Armee (Army Museum)
Paris 2019
Golden Dome Church
(Dome of Les Invalides)
Paris 2019
Inside the Golden Dome
(Dome of Les Invalides)
Paris 2019
Colleen and Denis
(Dome of Les Invalides)
Paris 2019
Napoleon's Tomb directly below the Golden Dome
Paris 2019
Saint Louis des Invalides Cathedral (Soldiers Church)
Paris 2019
We mastered the
Paris Metro (Just!)
Paris 2019
Pont Aleandre III (deck arch bridge spans the Seine)
Paris 2019
First Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel
(used after Westen Front Tour)
Paris 2019
Denis and Colleen at the
Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show
Paris 2019
Moulin Rouge
Paris
Paris 2019
Riding the Hop on, Hop off bus touring Paris
Paris 2019
Musee du Louvre
(Museum)
Paris 2019
Notre Dame Cathedral
(Fire damaged)
Paris 2019
Traffic on the way to
Arc de Triomphe
Paris 2019
Arc de Triomphe

Paris 2019
Denis and Colleen
at the Eiffel Tower
Paris 2019
Colleen sitting near the
Eiffel Tower
Paris 2019
Eiffel Tower
(Big paint job!)
Paris 2019
View from the Eiffel Tower

Paris 2019
View from the Eiffel Tower
Paris 2019
Denis and Colleen
Level 2, Eiffel Tower
Paris 2019
Looking down from Level 1
Eiffet Tower
Paris 2019
Colleen with her new
French Beret
Paris 2019
Gare du Nord
(Railway Station for Fast Train)

Mat McLachlan WW1 Western Front Tour in France and Belglum
8-11 June 2019
Western Front 2019
Albion Hotel
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
Western Front 2019
Poppies growing wild
in all the battle fields
Western Front 2019
Historial de la Grande Guerra
(Peronne Museum)
Western Front 2019
Part of the WW1 display at the Peronne Museum
Western Front 2019
AIF 2nd Division Memorial
Mont St Quentin, Peronne
Western Front 2019
Menin Gate Memorial to the missing, Ieper, Belgium
Western Front 2019
Street in Ieper, Belgium
Known as 'Ypres' in WW1
Western Front 2019
WW1 bunker on Hill 60
(South of Leper)
Western Front 2019
WW1 bunker on Hill 60
Note the enbedded round (centre)
Western Front 2019
AIF 5th Division Memorial
Polygon Wood, Belgium
Western Front 2019
AIF 5th Division Memorial
overlooking the Cemetery
Western Front 2019
WW1 Trenches
Museum Passchendaele
Western Front 2019
The tour group in one of Hill 60 craters from tunnel bomb

Western Front 2019
Market Place
Ieper (Ypres)
Western Front 2019
Colleen at
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Western Front 2019
Australian Graves
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Western Front 2019
Capt C. S. Jeffries VC
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Western Front 2019
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Largest CWGC in the world

Western Front 2019
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Resting place of 11,900
Soldiers
Western Front 2019
Menin Gate, Ypres
Last Post Service nightly
by the local Fire Brigade
Western Front 2019
Menin Gate bears the names
of more than 55,000 soldiers
who died in Belgium NKG
Western Front
Dean Ryan, Trish Hall and Denis laying a wreath at Menin Gate Service 9 June
Western Front 2019
Memorial 'Don't forget me Cobber' (Battle of Fromelles)
Western Front 2019
Pte H. M. Hempstock
Messines Ridge British Cemetery
See below
Western Front 2019
Colleen and Dean Ryan
Fromelles Pheasant Wood
Western Front 2019
Plaque at Bullecourt
Western Front 2019
AIF 1st Division Memorial
Pozieres, France
Western Front 2019
Mercure Cathedrale Hotel
Amiens, France
Western Front 2019
Amiens Cathedrale from
Mercure Hotel
Western Front 2019
Trish & Peter Hall at the grave of a Family Member
Western Front 2019
Australian Villers Bretomeux Memorial
Western Front 2019
Over looking the Cemetery
from the Memorial
Western Front 2019
L/Cpl A. S. Gilvear
No known grave - See below
Western Front 2019
Pte R. Gilvear
No known grave - See below
Western Front 2019
Australian Army Corps Memorial, Le Hamel
Western Front 2019
Flags in the field at
Le Hamel
Western Front 2019
Site of German Position at
Le Hamel
Western Front 2019
303 shell and Poppies at
Le Hamel
Western Front 2019
Shrapnel located at
Le Hamel
Western Front 2019
School at
Villers Bretonneux
Western Front 2019
Tour Group with our Guide
Pete Smith
Western Front 2019
Denis and Colleen at the
School, Villers Bretonneux

Amsterdam, Netherlands
14-17 June 2019
Amsterdam 2019
Double Tree Hilton
NDSM Wharf
Amsterdam 2019
Our Hotel room art
by My Dog Sighs
Amsterdam 2019
Colleen
NDSM Wharf
Amsterdam 2019
IJ Canal
from NDSM Wharf


Amsterdam 2019
Canal near
Dam Square
Amsterdam 2019
Denis
NDSM Wharf
Amsterdam 2019
Centraal Train Station
Amsterdam

Canal Bridge
Amsterdam
Amsterdam 2019
Bikes
Amsterdam
Amsterdam 2019
Hop on, Hop off boat
Amsterdam
(Great way to see a city)
Amsterdam 2019
Montelbaanstoren
(Fortified Tower from 1512)
Amsterdam 2019
East Indiaman Amsterdam
(Replica of cargo ship sank maiden voyage 1749)
Amsterdam 2019
Denis and Rabbits
NDSM Wharf

Amsterdam 2019
The Helneken
Experience
Amsterdam 2019
Colleen
The Helneken Experience
Amsterdam 2019
Denis
The Helneken Experience
Amsterdam 2019
Hop on, Hop off Bus
Amsterdam
Amsterdam 2019
Colleen
near Dam Square
Amsterdam 2019
Red Light District
Amsterdam
Amsterdam 2019
5 Star Crane Hotel Faralda
NDSM Wharf
Amsterdam 2019
Colleen and Denis
Amsterdam

 

KIA during WW1 from the Glasshouse Mountains (Includes three brothers)

Lest we forget

 

Lance-Corporal Alexander Smith Gilvear (9th Battalion, AIF) at age 22 was KIA in France (near Bullecourt) on the 7th May 1917.    Alex buried on the side of the front trench facing Bullecourt.   No known grave.  Remembered and Honour at Villera-Bretonneux Memorial (visited and honoured - See above).

 

Private Robert Gilvear (47th Battalion, AIF) at age 20 was KIA in France (between Albert and Dernaucourt) on the 28th March 1918.    Although official records state "no known grave" for Pte Robert Gilvear - a note in his Sevice Records shows that he was killed during the Battle of Dernancourt and buried at the Communal Cemetery 500 metres NW of the town of Dernancourt. The Military section faces east towards the railway embankment which was the site for the Battle. In a letter to Robert's parents, dated 12 May 1922, from the Official Secretary, Australia House, London, advised that although their son was recorded as having been buried in this cemetery, "his grave cannot now be found". Further research shows that there is a Military Cemetery - along the railway line - at Dernancourt today - but of the 2162 burials 177 are unknown.   Remembered and Honour at Villera-Bretonneux Memorial (visited and honoured - See above).

 

Corporal Kenneth Gilvear (11th Machine Gun Company, AIF) at age 26 was KIA in France (Sally le Sec) on the 15th April 1918.     Ken is buried in the Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension adjoining Civil Cemetery 3 Km north of Corbie (didn't get time to visit and honour - Next time Ken!).

Harry Millns Hempstock (12th Machine Gun Company, AIF) was KIA on the 8th June 1917 after voluntary carrying ammunition forward for the machine guns.  The Battle of Messines was the opening assault of the British Expeditionary Forces ‘Flanders Offensive’ made famous by the Australian movie ‘Beneath Hill 60.    Harry is buried in the Messines Ridge British Cemetery (Spec Memorial C2) (visited and honoured - See above). 


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