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Beaumont Hamel View Guest House - Tour Info

WW1 Tunnel Tour

Beaumont Hamel View now offers to guests a fantastic tunnel tour beneath a local village. There are over 50 chambers that 1000s of soldiers in WW1 'Billets' where they slept, ate and talked whilst behind the lines. These tunnels ‘les muches’ date back to the 16th century and were originally used to hide people from marauding groups of warriors.

The French soldiers began further excavation in 1914 and when the British took over the area in 1915 extended the chambers for soldier’s accommodation, safe from German artillery. Packed with men and stores it would have been a hive of activity.

Most intriguing are the 600 individual pieces of graffiti left by the soldiers from France, England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Australia and NZ and usually just before they went into action. Many of the soldiers have been identified and unfortunately were killed in action and buried locally or named on various memorials like Thiepval or Vimy memorials to the missing. Some special graffiti of a Drummer or Bugler is clearly visible and can be photographed. If you are following a relative of Great War soldier its possible his name could be on the wall.

This very special tour has been organised through qualified and competent people and the village tourist association.

This is a fully certified and insured visit and all aspects of safety are covered with an action safety plan, risk assessment and safety helmet.

The soldiers have also left behind many original items as listed below

Graffiti

Boots

Mess tins

Spoons and forks

Bully beef tins

Bottles

Petrol cans

Brazier

Let us know if you are looking for someone in particular and we can possibly identify his name in one of the chambers before your visit.