Forgotten Heros Tour

Islamic School Tours is delighted to offer a breath-taking, thought-provoking journey through the battlefields of France focusing on The Muslim Experience in World War One.

This fully-guided, two-day educational tour is the concept of the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation, working in collaboration with Anglia Tours and the Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation. It has been designed to encourage dialogue and social cohesion by creating bridges of peace and understanding between people of different nations, cultures, religions and beliefs, while promoting the values of tolerance and mutual respect.

Day 1:

  • 0000 Depart school

    (Schools from beyond Watford will have to travel down the day before which will affect the programme).

    Drive to Maidstone Services on the M20, J8 Anglia Tours Guides: TBC

    0730 Depart Maidstone Services

    0850 Outbound crossing Booking Reference:

    1030 France – local time

    1200 Arrive Neuve Chapelle Indian Memorial

    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:

    •   Symbolism of the memorial site
    •   Muslim VC winners
    •   Their warrior heritage
    •   Who visits this site now?
    • How do we remember the sacrifice of these men?
    • A shared history – relations between Muslim and British soldiers

    1400 Vimy Ridge – Moroccan Memorial

    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
     The successful attack of the Moroccan Division on Cote 140 in 1915
     Their motto “Sans Pitie Sans Peur” – what does this mean?
     Foreign Legion and how France had an integrated Army – why is this?  Personal accounts

    Vimy Ridge – Canadian Memorial

     Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
     Symbolism of the memorial site
     Muslims soldiers in the Canadian forces
     The story of Hassan Amat

    Prayers break to take place between 1300 and 1600 1600 Ayette

    Indian and Chinese Cemetery
    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:

     The global perspective
     What was the experience of men serving in the British India Corps?  The role of the Chinese Labour Corps
     Ethos of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    1630 Depart for the El Badre Mosque in Amiens
    1830 Maghrib (sunset) Prayer El Badre Mosque – arranged by FHF1419

    Dinner – arranged by FHF1419 or Pizza type option in Amiens 2030 Depart for Accommodation
    2100 Check in hotel or hostel:

Day 2:

0815 Check out of accommodation after breakfast Packed lunches will be provided by TBC

0845 Necropole nationale Saint-Acheul, Amiens

  •  Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
     Recruitment and service in the French Army  The treatment of casualties
     The use of Gas as a battlefield weapon
     Personal stories of the 17 Muslim gas victims buried here

    1100 Newfoundland Memorial Park– Preserved Trench System

    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
     Global nature of the war
     Development of trench warfare  Trench construction
    Trench routine & everyday life
    Trench raiding (started by Indian Army from NW Frontier) and NML
    How were Muslim soldiers able to able to meet the tenets of Islam when in the front line?

    1230 Caterpillar Valley

    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
    Introduction to the Battle of the Somme
    Indian Cavalry and their role in the Battle
    How were Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus integrated into a Regiment?

    1315 South Africa (Delville Wood) national Memorial (Museum closed on a Monday) Or Ocean Villas Tea Rooms for a ‘show and tell’ session

    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
    Symbolism of the memorial site
    The Great War in Africa and the role of Muslims in the South African forces
    How does this site show a changing attitude towards commemorating the fallen?

    Prayers break to take place between 1300 and 1600

    1600 Necropole nationale Notre dame de Lorette

    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
    Why the cemetery looks as it does
    Who are the men buried here?
    Muslims, Christians and Jews buried in the same location
    How was a Muslim soldier buried?

    1700 Ring of Remembrance

    Anglia guide to cover subjects including:
    What is this memorial and what can it tell us about changing attitudes towards commemorating the fallen?

    1730 Depart Notre Dame de Lorette for Calais 
    1900 Check in for Eurotunnel crossing
    1950 Inbound Shuttle
    1930 Arrive UK (local time)
    2000 approx Arrive Maidstone Services – opportunity for evening meal
    0000 approx Arrive school


Hotels & Hostels


IST uses a wide range of hotels and hostels to suite all budgets. More details available upon booking.

Package Includes

  • Executive Coach
  • A guide provided by IST
  • Lunch and evening meal* on Day 1
  • Entry to museums and sites listed on your itinerary
  • Insurance
  • Return Channel crossing
  • 1 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Lunch* on day 2
  • A special cultural event, customised workshop or lecture
  • *All meals are halal