IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE: 2017-2018
Revised Security Arrangements France & Belgium: Pre-Registration is now MANDATORY!
New advice from the Australian DVA (Dept of Veteran Affairs) regarding revised French security arrangements for all future official DVA Australian Remembrance events for WW1 in France and Belgium.
These security arrangements are ONLY for official DVA events: Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Centenary 2018, (25 April) Le Hamel Centenary 2018 (4 July) and the 2018 Armistice Centenary ceremony (11/11) Further details:
Dawn Service Villers-Bretonneux 2017
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Please NOTE that you MUST register DIRECTLY with DVA for SECURITY CLEARANCE if you are attending ANY of these events. Registration for 2018 Villers-Bretonneux and Le Hamel is now open for registration HERE:
ANZAC DAY SERVICE: TUESDAY 25TH APRIL 2018, VILLERS-BRETONNEUX, FRANCE
With the start of the Great War Centenary in 2014 through till *2018 (*and the 100 year Centenary) and beyond demand is very high to attend the Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Dawn Service in Northern France - a 'must' for all Aussies.
The Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day service in France on Anzac Day, 25th April 2018 also marks the exact 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, where the Australian charge on the 25th April 1918 changed the course of the war - and enshrined Australia's fighting prowess and bravery into history.
The 2018 Anzac Day ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux marks the CENTENARY of the 2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on 25th April 1918 - the 3rd anniversary of the original Anzac Day landing at Gallipoli in 1915. Demand is very heavy to attend this event and seats/admittance is nearly fully subscribed as at 01 November 2017.
2018: 1 Day Anzac Day Tour: ex Paris
2018: 1 Day Anzac Day Tour: ex London
2018: 4 night/5 day 2017 'Australians on the Western Front' Anzac Day 'Pompeys Mob'
This is our standard 'value packed' 4 night/5 day Western Front April tour commencing on Saturday 21st April 2017 in Lille & finishes on Monday 25th April returning to Arras/Lille utilizing 3-4 star accommodation throughout the tour. The tour also includes the full Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, PLUS visits to all the principal Australian WW1 battles along the Western Front including Pozieres (the 'Windmill') the scene of the Battle of Pozieres, one of Australia's greatest victories and also its worst losses in just one battle of the entire war, Mouquet Farm ('moo-cow' farm), Bullecourt & Fromelles plus Messines Ridge, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, Ypres, the Menin Gate Ceremony and many other battlefields.
Our Deluxe version of this tour: "Anzacs Remembered" is here:
These multi 4night/5 day QUALITY and DELUXE tours include many special inclusions, including a dedicated coach driver AND a separate fully qualified and HIGHLY experienced Battlefield guide, 4 nights accommodation in 3* accommodation (standard tour) or 4 nights accommodation (*including 2 nights 4*+ stay in beautiful deluxe rooms in a real 16th century French Chateau) (deluxe tour), most meals including a special Anzac Day commemorative full breakfast, extensive souvenir clothing items, a high quality full colour tour book especially commissioned for the event plus other inclusions that are not normally included in any other Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day tours. Again, space is limited on these multi day tours due to limited accommodation in the area over the Anzac Day period, so early booking is recommended. Please register for these very popular tours here
It is HIGHLY significant that even with the desperate fighting that Australians were involved in at famous actions such as Fromelles, Le Hamel, Pozieres, Bullecourt, Mont St Quentin and many other areas along the Western Front, the principal Australian Memorial for WW1 in France & Belgium is at Villers-Bretonneux. The size and sheer gravitas of the Memorial is quite incredible. Carved into the walls below the 32m tower which totally dominates the surrounding area are the names of over 11,000 Australian soldiers who have no known grave in France.