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Wartime Memories and Monuments

5th - 12th October 2018

As we celebrate 100 years since the end of the Great War we are delighted to bring you a commemorative programme exploring the memorials to the fallen in schools, historic houses and churches across the nation; led by former officer and now leading photographer James Kerr, and co-hosted by Lord Fermoy, former Blues and Royals Household Cavalry officer; with Alexandra Messervy, founder & CEO of The English Manner.

In proud partnership with Haslemere Travel and Countess Connections.


Friday

Lunch at the oldest private member's Club in Edinburgh, The New Club, before a visit to Fettes College, and the memorial of 'The carry on VC', before we make our way a beautiful, historic private estate close to Royal St Andrews. Privately hosted by owners, their Lord and Ladyship, who are consummate and superb hosts, guests will be enthralled by this luxurious and magical estate which is never open to the general public.

Saturday

Visit to the National War Memorial of Scotland at Edinburgh Castle, and private tour with Lt Col Roger Binks, The Keeper of the Rolls and Her Majesty's Trustee of the Memorial. The brother of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother is commemorated here as he lost his life in WW1, having lived at nearby Glamis Castle.

A drive over the brand new Queensferry Bridge, towards the former WW1 Royal Naval Base at Rosyth where wartime battleships convened before the battle of Scapa Flow, before a visit to the former home of great American benefactor and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who died just at the end of the First World War in 1919, having given so much to industry, commerce and charitable causes.

Our host estate was the home of a celebrated Earl, whose hand written wartime diaries are archived here and never available for public view. Dinner and an unprecedented opportunity to view them and discuss at first hand the unique historical profile given inside, joined by Christopher Arnander, editor of the published diaries. Also on view for discussion will be a display of photographs and archive material from the family home in Wigan, Lancashire which during the First World War the house did sterling service as a hospital for injured soldiers returning from the Front.

Sunday

Transfer to London (flights not included) for accommodation at the prestigious private member's club, The Sloane Club and guests will be joined this afternoon by Lord Fermoy, cousin to Diana, Princess of Wales, and former officer of the Household Cavalry.

Within just a mile of the Sloane Club are dozens of memorials, and we will visit just a few. First to the Cenotaph, where each year during our Service of Remembrance, Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family, Government and Armed Forces lay wreaths in commemoration of 11th November, Armistice/Memorial Day.

From here, we will visit the Earl Haig Memorial, in Whitehall and the Earl Kitchener Memorial, before we move on to the Guards Memorial in Horseguards Parade and The Dismounting of the Guard where, officers, mounted on immaculately groomed horses with breastplates shining, present a stirring sight as they ride through the streets. Life Guards have stood at the official entrance to St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660, and the 4 o'clock parade - the Dismounting Ceremony - takes place in the courtyard within the Horse Guards building.

Supper at the Army and Navy Club, with Maurice Fermoy, who will talk about life as a 21st Century soldier but with a lighthearted look at the importance of the Officers' Mess in peacetime and wartime combat!

Monday

Wellington College, for a view of their stunning War Memorial, and then on to Winchester, both of which were founded to assist servicemen and those overseas in service of King and Country in schooling their children before a visit to the Memorial Chapel at Sandham, near Burghclere, by Stanley Spencer.

Afterwards, a moment away from the reality of war to the televised stories of wartime Britain and ancestral homes turned into hospitals, domestic staff being called up for service and how the great Estates coped during the Wars. What better location than to visit the stunning and majestic Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess Carnarvon and well known location for the hit series, Downton Abbey, which illustrated so well the wartime efforts made by the family and their staff.

Tuesday

Private tour of The Cabinet War Rooms and Sir Winston Churchill's bunker offices, hidden in the depths of Whitehall with former Director Phil Reed OBE before we visit the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey and the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner by Charles Jagger and Animals in War, a magnificent commemorative series in Hyde Park, funded by Paul Mellon and His Grace The Duke of Westminster.

A Farewell Dinner at the Carlton Club, hosted by Lord Lexden, who will talk on British American Allies in War and Peacetime Britain. James will also talk about his forthcoming book and collaboration with Sarah Wearne, 'To Our Brothers - Memorials to a Lost Generation in British Schools'.