War Graves Photo Tour

Lutyens WW1 War Graves memorials

Lutyens WW1 War Graves Tour with Candia Lutyens – £795.00

Due to the Covid situation this workshop is suspended

A three day historical Photo Tour in northern France where we will photograph the architecture of the WW1 cemeteries with Candia Lutyens, granddaughter of Sir Edwin Lutyens, the architect who designed many of the memorials including The Memorial to The Missing on the Somme, Thiepval and The Cenotaph in Whitehall. The 100th-year anniversary of the end of World War One or The Great War, 2018 makes this tour of immense and once-in-a-lifetime importance, both photographically and historically.

  •  We will visit and photograph selected WW1 cemeteries featuring the architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens
  •  An opportunity to remember through words and photographs how the generations to follow would remember the fallen
  •  You will be accompanied by Candia Lutyens granddaughter of Sir Edwin Lutyens and photographer Wilf James

This region of France was scarred beyond recognition during 4 years of trench warfare, now we can visit the peaceful cemeteries where the fallen of The Great War are laid to rest and learn how these memorials to the fallen were commissioned

War Graves Photo Tour


  • Due to the Covid situation this workshop is suspended

Price: £895.00


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Who is this for?

The trip will be of great interest to both photographers and those who wish to learn how the memorials to the fallen of the great war came to be. Photographically Wilf James will guide as how best to capture images and Candia Lutyens will tell the story of how her grandfather architect Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the memorials.
Whatever your level of experience you will be guided through how best to capture images.

A minimum of four participants are required for this photo tour.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of an historical tour with the Candia Luytens, granddaughter of Sir Edwin Luytens, architect of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and of many of the memorials to the fallen on the battlefields of France during the Great War.

An extract from a previous tour.

At Etaples, what was to become a continuing theme of all our visits was first noticed; namely that, in a lot of the cemeteries, the axis is very slightly asymmetrical. We never really got to the bottom of why this was – accidental, on purpose or just as a result of the graves being planted first and the key pieces of structure – the Great War Stone (by Lutyens with Kipling’s inscription), the Cross of Sacrifice (by Sir Reginald Bloomfield) and the pavilions or shelter buildings – came later. Here specifically we noticed that – looking up – the centre and right hand stair cases had fourteen steps and the left hand twelve and that the point at which they came together was considerably off axis with the layout of the graves. Interesting, perhaps not greatly relevant, but a considerable discussion point as the tour progressed.

Etaples was also notable for its small collection of Indian graves (and a single Chinese) and judging by the dates on them – mostly 1919 – they would have died of the Spanish flu. It was perhaps a sign of the times that they were hidden in a little enclave away from the main cemetery. As incidentally, was a small collection of German graves.


Day 1: Pick up from Calais Frethun Station and drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer for our first overnight stay. We will have an welcome dinner and a relaxed introduction to the War Graves tour by Candia Lutyens.

Day 2: Morning. Breakfast and ready to leave with luggage by 8.30 for our first visit to Etaples Military Cemetery and then on to the Chinese Cemetery at Noyelles-sur-Mer.

Stop for lunch or picnic close to Abbeville

Afternoon. Arrive at the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery and then on to Amiens for a two night stay. Free evening to discover and explore Amiens including the magnificent Amiens Cathedral.

Day 3: Morning. Breakfast and a 8.00 start to drive to Croisilles British Cemetery. Mid morning we will arrive at the Thiepval Memorial.

Lunch at an Auberge near Thiepval in private dining room.

Afternoon. Drive to Vimy Ridge and the Canadian Memorial.

Day 4. Breakfast and a 9.00 start, leave Amiens with bags, arrive at Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial.

11:30:  Leave Villers-Bretonneux – 13:00:  Arrive Lille – international trains to London or local trains to Ypres


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All weather light layered clothing is required and good pair of walking shoes. Normally the daytime temperatures are around 15 – 18oC but it maybe a little fresh in the morning.  A reasonable level of fitness is required, although there will not be any excessive walking to be done.

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Included in the Price

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Travel fees to location
  • Pick-up at Calais Frethun rail station
  • Drop off at Lille train station international trains to London or local trains to Ypres

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  • All transport to and from your home country to Calais Frethun Rail Station, France.
  • Transfer from other French destinations
  • Gratuities, additional beverages soft / alcohol.
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