Testimonials


Our testimonials declare our standards. See what people who have experience a Cooper tour think!

'At virtually no notice a brilliant day was arranged filling our best expectations and more. The Guiding was bespoke, comprehensive, lightened by anecdote and flexible to suit the circumstances at the time.
Martin Bralsford & General Sir John McColl - Bespoke Tour - Waterloo 2 March 2016

'The tour was most excellent in every respect. Our tour guide knew his subject in great depth, was personable, and we thoroghly enjoyed his company.'
Jim Matthews, West Wickham, Kent - Bespoke Tour - Waterloo 8-10 October 2016

'The tour was faultless. I enjoyed every minute. '
Mick Pilgrim, Bromley, Kent - Bespoke Tour - Waterloo 8-10 October 2016

'The best BattleField study I have attended in 21 years service. Our matchless tour guide, Graeme Cooper owner of Corporate Battlefields, provided an incredible depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and support: he was exceptional.'
Lt Col P S Reehal CO Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment - Peninsular Tour 10-15 July

A letter from Rob Outland – Oklahoma - USA - Waterloo Bicentennial Tour 2015
The tour was fabulous. It was such a wonderful experience we shared over the previous week and a half; one to be remembered for many years to come. The opportunity to meet all of you, share common interests, separate interests, unique interests and so many delicious meals together was truly special. Thank you all for helping make this experience one for the books. The arrangements and accommodations were beyond my expectations. The meals were well thought out and for that I am quite glad. The events and places of interest met my expectations and with those who provided the presentations taking that enjoyable step beyond.

The quality of the main guide and associated assistants was excellent. The facts were well presented. The on-site review of conditions, layout of the land and progress of the events (battles, skirmishes, etc.) helps one understand how the historical event developed and proceeded. The presentations were both casual and informative which made for comfortable moments throughout the course of the tour.

The nature of the guide presentations was casual and allowed us to soak in all the information without feeling like an overload of information was provided. Many subjects were light and easy to digest and yet when critical information was provided it was well highlighted but comfortable to appreciate.
Ali & Graeme: Thank you for providing this quite fulfilling tour with all its events, anecdotal moments and fabulous meals. The hotel was a nice selection. It felt homely, convenient but not too close, personal and with a breakfast buffet that requires my attention to a Summer diet for which I have no regrets. The tour itinerary in itself was an adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed with all the well placed visits and the wealth of historical information. I shall be following up with plenty of continued reading of this event and with a clearer picture if it. I hope to take the opportunity to join future tours of yours as opportunity allows. God Bless.
Graeme, Steve, Adrian & Robert: The wealth of knowledge you provided us was quite fulfilling. My love for history notwithstanding, I found myself constantly amazed, entertained and so well informed as each of you enhanced the storyline for each point of interest, key development and historical moment. I would have never received such a clear picture of the people and events from a book or video and probably would have needed to be allowed to partake in a university graduate level field trip to even come close. Such a surprise and a fine gift and I thank you all.

The comradery was PRICELESS and will be such a fine memory that I shall look forward to enjoying other tours in the future. I shall remember the face, names, interest of history, sense of humour and warmth of friendship I enjoyed in meeting each and every one who shared this wonderful tour.
The Entire Tour Group: Everyone, it was wonderful to share this engaging moment in history with all of you. To meet so many people from different homes and walks of life, it was a privilege to meet and have the opportunity to know each and every one of you. I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I. It was fun to share and compare with you and to enjoy the laughter wherever we were. The realization that so many people from around the world recognize the Battle of Waterloo and the days proceeding as a significant world changing event was enlightening. As much as the efforts to plan such a tour and introduce the particulars of the moment in history belong to those we all thank so graciously, it can also be noted that it is the chemistry among the entire tour group that makes the trip so remarkable. I enjoy the pleasure of have met you all.
In the years to come, I shall review many a photo; many a video; many a minds-eye memory and seeing each of you smiling, enjoying and savouring the moments, just like I. So back to the mid-30s temperatures, high humidity, grass has grown too high; AC not working properly, dogs wondering why I left them behind; alarm clock rings too early, who left this messy house for me to take care of lifestyle I do somehow enjoy. For just that small moment in time I left that all behind and had an adventure. And it was wonderful! All the best everyone, through all the years to come.
Rob Outland – Oklahoma - USA

'Brilliant. The knowledgeand expetiseof the subject was second to none.Also the friendliness and helpfulness shown by the Guide and his wife to everyone was examplary. We thought it a very good tour, probaly the best that we have ever been on.'
John & Karen Gorrigan, Heaversham, Cumbria

'Excellent guiding. Could not have asked for better. A most enjoyable and historically enjoyable, enthralling experience.'
Allan Goldman Toronto, Canada

The Guiding/Guide was excellent throughout and a real plus point of this trip. The nature of the timing means this was always going to be a once in a lifetime experience. Whilst there were a plethora of alternative ‘tours’ on offer (many of which I looked into) none could compete with either the itinerary or the accommodation of this one. Added to that is the bonus of the expertise of Graeme and other personnel on the tour ~ attention to detail & a ‘personal touch’. The ‘international nature’ of the group with time to mix & share experiences also added to the overall enjoyment. This was not a ‘cheap tour’ but for the overall experience, it was certainly money well spent.
When I got back to England, I met an ex pupil with his wife. I hadn't seen him for a number of years and we each asked how & what we were doing now. I told him that I'd just got back from the battle re-enactments at Waterloo … he replied, "Oh, I've been doing some work in London too" .... I'm glad that I never taught him History!! Thanks again to everyone and Graeme & Ali in particular.
Jim Garrett - Letchworth, England.

‘Excellent’
Claudia Richter – Winchester MA, USA

Graeme was an excellent tour guide and thoroughly knew his history. He did an excellent job helping history become alive and resurrecting the people who lived and died on the battlefields. He also provided an historical context of the happenings of the time. His solid knowledge of the terrain and where exactly to stand to “see” history was a key feature I suspect is missing from many other tours. I’m sure there were many narrowly averted crises and incidents that were kept from our knowledge due to the solid preparation and execution by Graeme and his XO, Ali.
Eric S - London, England

Truly excellent. Could not have asked for better. It was the most memorable of weeks thanks to Graeme and Ali and the excellent company. I am looking forward to staying in touch - thank you Allan Udy for your part in this. I have been reading avidly since leaving Waterloo and before normal life resumes!
Lucy Green - Newbury, England

The tour, associated events and the tour atmosphere, surpassed all my expectations. It was an outstanding experience that I could not dream of how to improve, many thanks for a great adventure!
Mike Damant – Loughborough, England

I too, would like to add my kudos to the Graeme Cooper Waterloo Tours team! Ali’s excellent organizational skills were put to good use – it must at times, have seemed as if you were trying to herd cats, Ali! Meanwhile we all benefited from Graeme’s exceptional knowledge of the Napoleonic period and specifically the battles and the personalities: Graeme’s reading of timely quotes from various sources was most helpful and at times very poignant. Thanks also to his remarkable assistants with their encyclopedic knowledge: Steve Bird, Adrian and Robert – the latter’s passion for all-things-Mercer, is truly inspiring. The camaraderie within the group was truly remarkable and It was indeed a delight to meet folks from such scattered corners of ‘the old Empire’. The friendly and knowledgeable Americans in the group added yet another dimension. The many photographs and videos taken during the tour will remind each of us of one exceptional week in June 2015 when we gathered together from around the world to commemorate the bicentennial of one of the iconic moments in recorded European/world history. Best wishes to each of you in all your future endeavours.
Richard Merritt – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Thank you all for a wonderful, informative and interesting tour. Your company made the tour a great place to be.
Ray Alcorn – Brisbane, Australia

Great tour, company, leadership and food. Thrilled to have been part of it. Travel safely everyone.
Janet Freeman – Tauranga, New Zealand

'Absolutely excellent – no issues whatsoever. The discussion about decision making and the quality of the decisions (and the impact) was tremendously insightful. Loved the explanation of military command and intent and how it impacts on behaviours on the day. Walking the ground revealed issues that were not addressed in the books and history of the Battle. The ground also helped explain how the Battle unfolded and evolved. The access to variety of sites was tremendous. A highlight that my family loved was the tales of the meetings with the Imperial Guard Band! Meanwhile Vive le Guide!!'
Simon Bennett – Houston, USA

We want to thank Graham and Ali for a most enjoyable tour, which was professional, informative, fun and diverse. When we look back on what we have done over the last 10 days, we are amazed how we have managed to pack a month's worth of activity into our tour. Everybody seemed to have bonded together and we have certainly made many new friends. We would also like to thank Steve, Robert and Adrian for the additional "training" in management, Mercer and all things Napoleonic!
Frank & Hazel Newton – Durham, England

We got home safely and were totally ignorant of the French strike until we listened to the news on Wednesday. Thanks all for making this an amazing experience.
Eileen and Derek Finch – Isle of Wight, England

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and especially enjoyed the company and wonderful humour of our two fellow Aussie -and the boys are still talking about you -flatteringly of course. Will stay in touch!
David Gaszner – Hazelwood Park, South Australia

It was a fine trip indeed. As I'd said (probably more than once, given the amount of lubricant), a trip like this is distinguished by the people involved. That said, Graeme, Ali, and the team did an excellent job of introducing us to the ground, and the action. Time spent on the battleground is always time you'll remember.
Peter G – Vancouver, Canada

Your individual and group generosity means that we have raised enough to crack on and order the information board for Mercer’s Grave, and I’ll be putting an update on the www.GTroopRHA.co.uk website over the weekend once I’ve counted it all up. Truly appreciated, thank-you. For those continuing their holidays, have a great time. For those returning to normality, enjoy the memory, and maybe we’ll meet again some sunny day.
Robert Pocock - Exeter, England

'Absolutely brilliant. Visiting more sites with more guiding than any other tours and surrounded by like-minded people. Cooper, you know you’re a legend.'
Steve Bird – Sevenoaks, England

Thank You all sincerely for a wonderful trip, to Graeme, Ali, Steve, Robert, Adrian (Jeeves) and finally Janet, Lucy, Frank and Hazel for sharing their personal connections. Take Care Everybody. Enjoy Your Lives and may the Hand of God walk with you.
Terry Pearce – Wells, Somerset

'Utterly brilliant – delivered from the heart. The itinerary was much better than expected. A fantastic week, learning from scratch and re-establishing my Irishness. Many thanks. ‘
Rupert Foster, Wombleton, York - 'Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

‘Excellent. Every operation was extremely well prepared and described. The tour really did live up to expectations. The Guide was extremely knowledgeable and took endless trouble to ensure that all on the tour got the maximum from it. ‘
David O’Morchoe, - 'Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Thorough knowledge of subject matter and imparted it on an understandable basis. Tied together all aspects of each battle and fitted each into the overall campaign. A thoroughly and professionally organised tour with an exceptional, superb tour atmosphere and exceptional group. The most enjoyable tour I have ever been on.’
Liam Nolan, Adare, Co Limerick - 'Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

‘Guide was excellent. No question went unanswered. Encouraged and helped us all to integrate. Hope to travel with him again. For those who don't have a great knowledge., this is a great way to find out.’
Mary Nolan, Adare, Co Limerick - 'Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Excellent and informative. Better than expected and made the understanding of the battles a lot clearer.’
Edward Cooper, Kells, Co Meath - 'Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Wonderful clarity; in a tour where explaining the chronology is tricky. Itinerary: More than expectations.’
Jan Foster, Annamoe, Co Wicklow - 'Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Very good indeed. This peninsula tour was particularly enjoyable. The guiding was done with a great deal of clarity.’
Robin Denny, Dunsford, York - Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Excellent. In depth and extensive knowledge of campaigns and battles told with clarity and insight. First rate tour. The group gelled very well with a considerable amount of knowledge amongst its members. We were also blessed with good weather. The standard of guiding was excellent as was the driving. I would whole heartedly endorse Cooper’s Waterloo Tours to anyone who has a serious interest in visiting a battlefield.’
Adrian Clark, Morden, Surrey - Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Excellent. An excellent tour professionally conducted with a group who were a joy to be with.’
Roddy Bailey, Co Wexford - 'Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Briefing for each stop, giving timings etc, was very useful. Descriptions of operations at each battle was well done and the guide’s knowledge of each unit involved was impressive! Very well planned tour, with good advance information. Each battle well described. Journeys between stops OK. Frequent changes of hotel a nuisance, but unavoidable! Very pleasant atmosphere throughout with great partnership between the Coopers for admin!’
Hal Chavasse, Co Wexford. Irish in the Peninsula' - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

'Excellent. Excellent in every way. The military content was well presented, easy to understand. Never a “hitch” in finding the way or any delay. The added bonus was seeing a part of Spain which we would never have visited if it had not been for the battlefields.’
Michael & Grichi MacEwan, Co Waterford - A tour following Wellington's Irish soldiers to the Peninsular War Battlefields. 2-8 October 2012

‘My responses there cannot do justice to the magnificent experience that was the Waterloo tour. I am a jaded New Yorker and am proud of my knowledge of Lord Byron (1788-1824), his work, life and times. When we first spoke months ago,I told you that I had read deeply into the Battle of Waterloo, and was comfortable that I understood the battle. How wrong I was! The tour brought an enormously different and enlightening concept of the ferocity and savagery of the battle. There is no question in my mind that its remembrance of the savagery at the Congress of Vienna did much to shape Europe for the next 100 years. Your great descriptions of the battles that made up the Waterloo campaign, your anecdotal sidelights, the walks along the lines held by the contesting armies, and, especially, the visits to Napoleon's headquarters and Hougoumont will ever remain in my memory. You made the tour a memorable experience for me, and I send you and Ali my most sincere appreciation.’
Jack Wasserman, New York, USA - 'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

'Whole tour was excellent. The the guiding excellent andvery informative. Richard (Driver from Lodge Coaches) was brilliant. Our fellow travellers made it most enjoyable and fun.'
Bob & Val Baker, Sawbridgeworth, Essex - 'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

‘I found the guide to be very knowledgeable and informative. At the end I felt I understood what it was all about. A fine trip. VG group and all very friendly.’
David Yeadon, Epping, Essex - 'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

‘Graeme Cooper is a first rate guide; you would be hard-pressed to find a better one. His knowledge is deep and accurate. He knows every corner of the battlefield and knows what happened there. His presentations bring the history off the page and put it in the three dimensions of the field itself. The battle really comes alive. Furthermore, he cares about the needs, requests and concerns of every single person in his group. He looks after his people and their welfare is clearly his number one priority. Graeme is something like an officer taking his platoon on holiday, and vowing to show them a really good time. You couldn't find a more congenial guide: good-natured, solicitous, passionate about his subject and thoroughly professional. He understands that true understanding of the battle of Waterloo starts with an intimate familiarity with the ground. To see the undulations of the terrain, the distances involved, the relationships between one part of the field and another explains all. There isn't much about the battle he doesn't know, and his real talent resides in boiling down a mountain of history into a few easily understood concepts. Go along with Graeme on his tours of Waterloo, and you'll be thinking about it for years to come.’
'Al Spoler - Baltimore, USA - 'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

‘A really interesting and well organised tour which we both very much enjoyed and with such a friendly group of people. Many thanks.’
Robin & Ann Davidson - Sawbridgeworth, Essex -'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

‘A tour enhanced by the exhortation for pre-tour reading - and by the extensive knowledge of the guide. Graeme had clearly studied the ground and with his Army background could well explain the lie of the land and the tactics it required.‘
Simon Askins, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex -'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

‘It is a fascinating story and I certainly learnt a great deal from it. Everything ran extremely smoothly and the hotel was most comfortable with excellent food and wine. We enjoyed convivial company and it must be gratifying to know that our two American experts learnt a great deal and had a superb time.’
Richard Chiverrell High Laver, Essex -'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

'Excellent in all aspects. Very good indeed'
Pauline Collis, Magdalen Laver, Essex. 'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

'Overall quality of the guiding using an immense amount of background information which came naturally was really excellent.’
John Collis -Magdalen Laver, Essex - 'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

'Thank you so much for such an interesting, informative and enjoyable tour to Waterloo. The company was great, and it was very revealing to have the talk on the weapons.'
Ann & Mike Askins - 'Napoleon's Waterloo' - A tour to the Waterloo Campaign Battlefields - 14-17 September 2012

'A super tour. Had been looking forward to it, but even better than hoped. Excellent. Graeme is an enthusiast.'
David Norman -'In the Footsteps of Nosey' - A tour to the Peninsular War Battlefields 14-19 April 2012

'The guiding was thoroughly good in every way. First class positioning to view the battlefields. I thoroughly enjoyed and was fascinated by the tour. Graeme is a brilliant guide.'
James Wyburd -'In the Footsteps of Nosey' - A tour to the Peninsular War Battlefields 14-19 April 2012

'Excellent guiding. An excellent tour, very well lead, great social atmosphere and very enjoyable.'
Jim Robertson -'In the Footsteps of Nosey' - A tour to the Peninsular War Battlefields 14-19 April 2012

'Guiding was excellent in knowledge and leadership. Excellent 6 days. Graeme is totally prepared in knowledge, presentation, and geography. Very attentive to all individuals.’
Paul Sands -'In the Footsteps of Nosey' - A tour to the Peninsular War Battlefields 14-19 April 2012

'Guiding was excellent but the receptionist was prettier. Good tour.
Patric Nisbit -'In the Footsteps of Nosey' - A tour to the Peninsular War Battlefields 14-19 April 2012

'Thanks for a splendid tour of the Normandy beaches. Very instructive, very entertaining and at all times absorbing. It is clearly evident, you have put much time into planning and the five days of the tour progressed without a hitch. The access to private properties and the presentations by other contributing guides provided valued additions. Agincourt and Crecy visits were unexpected and provided a contrasting bonus. I now have a hugely better grasp of the landing. Well done Graeme and Ali!'
Rob Brooks - Toothill, Essex: 'D-Day Normandy Landings' 8-12 September 2011

'Excellent, very informative and enthusiastic guiding. A great group who gelled well'
Christine Davis - Moreton, Essex: 'D-Day Normandy Landings' 8-12 September 2011

'Guiding - excellent, very informative and amusing. A really great tour, even more enjoyable than last year's Great War tour to Ypres which we did not think was possible. A great crowd and many thanks'
Val and Bob Baker - Sawbridgeworth: 'D-Day Normandy Landings' 8-12 September 2011

'Guiding Excellent... everywhere. This has been a superb tour which has well exceeded our expectations. Certainly up to the standard of the tour of Ypres.'
Mike and Anne Askins - Matching Green, Essex: 'D-Day Normandy Landings' 8-12 September 2011

 

'Anyone with an interest in military history should make a Cooper's tour to appreciate what it feels like to be one of the 'poor bloody infantry' as well as the at odds strategic planning. The guiding was excellent'.
Jim Davis - Moreton, Essex: D-Day Normandy Landings' 8-12 September 2011

'First rate. You hit the right notes and bring the group with you and your own enthusiasm for the subject. I have come back with a very much better appreciation of the whole operation and complexity of preparation of what went on. I am sure that there is a huge amount to study but you have brought much to life and 'fixed' the memory and understanding. Many thanks.’
Lyn Evans - Birch Green, Hertford: 'D-Day Normandy Landings' 8-12 September 2011

'Excellent. An unmissable experience'.
Robin & Anne Davidson - Sawbridgeworth, Herts: 'D-Day Normandy Landings' 8-12 September 2011

‘Every aspect of the experience was absolutely fantastic - and it helped my understanding of it all greatly. Exceeded all my expectations’
Anne Jenkins the Whistle Blows' - Footballers in the Great War 22-25 July 2011

'A very well organised and informative Holiday .. guiding of high quality and the knowledge of Andrew Riddoch on his subject was outstanding. I had a really good time and enjoyed your excellent organisation and the good company of our fellow travellers. Having visited the sites mentioned in Andrew's book re-reading it now is far easier to understand'
David Winfield, Fullwood, Sheffield: 'When the Whistle Blows' - Footballers in the Great War 22-25 July 2011

'Excellent. What would you expect! Natural rapport between you two (Andrew & Graeme)’
Ian Riddoch, Millhouses, Sheffield: 'When the Whistle Blows' - Footballers in the Great War 22-25 July 2011

'Thank you very much for the series of presentations you gave on the battle of Waterloo .... not only were they extremely well put together and informative, but you presented them in an engaging and professional manner. Our two guests, the Lord Lieutenant and Brigade Commander thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the Commanding Officer has asked me to pass on her thanks for a set of entertaining and informative vignettes.’
Major Ian Roger PMC Officers Mess, 22 Signal Regiment - Waterloo Night Presentation at 22 Signal Regiment - 18 June 2011

‘I found the tour to be extremely interesting with highly knowledgeable and interesting characters in the group. It is always good to be amongst fellow enthusiasts. The great thing about touring with Coopers Waterloo Tours is that there is always something unexpected which occurs (in a nice way!) such as the Fuentes 200th re-enactment and best of all the entry into Wellington’s HQ. ‘
Adrian Clark - Morden, Surrey - 'In the footsteps of Nosey' - Salamanca Tour 26-30 May 2011

‘A very good guide, with an excellent appreciation of the terrain and the ability to interpret battles even to novices to the campaigns being covered.’
Liz and Dave Wilson Poole Dorset - 'In the footsteps of Nosey' - Salamanca Tour 26-30 May 2011

'Guiding was excellent, as ever. Graeme’s luck held, scoring a private visit to Wellington’s headquarters and the re-enactment at Fuentes'
Joe and Pam Daragon - Arlington VA, USA - 'In the footsteps of Nosey' - Salamanca Tour 26-30 May 2011

Great value for money, interesting and informative trip led by a true professional. We were not lectured to but informed.
Keith Pike - Highway Travel Ongar Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Above expectations; clear descriptions were backed up by photographs, maps, folder information and anecdotes on site that made the historical facts come alive. A really interesting 3 days. Thank you Graeme and Alison'
Patti Nicholson - Fyfield Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Thoroughly enjoyed, could not have been better. Will definitely recommend'
Mary Simons - Fyfield Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Graeme has an excellent knowledge of his subject, is enthusiastic and injects a suitable amount of humour'.
Douglass Hopkins - Epping Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'I would have not missed it for the world - Excellent you made the whole trip come to life'
Anne Stewart - Epping - Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Useful to see the locations I had read about and understand the geography of the battlefield.
Martyn Lockwood - Leaden Roding, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'This trip was as good, if different from the trip to Waterloo. The coach and driver were quite excellent'
Jack Stewart - Epping - Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

Guiding was excellent, clear, and to the point. Maps and itinerary were very good. Most enjoyable 3 days spent in good company. Thanks for everything'
Howard Nicholson - Leaden Roding, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Excellent. A very enjoyable time. Good company, good hotel, well organised'
Alan & Betty Walker Bowlers Green Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

Yet another brilliant tour'
Jens Brooks - Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

Guiding very informative. Left plenty of time to look at every exhibit. Really enjoyed the whole tour. Now know so much more about The Graet War'
Paul Simons. - Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Excellent guiding with good personal touches. Very good and informative.'
John Gilmour - Kings Langley, Hertfordshire - Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'My thanks to you and Ali for making such an enjoyable few days'
David Yeadon - Epping - Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Excellent, professional and sensitive to the needs of clients. Very enjoyable and rewarding'
Martin Caerns - Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

Superb quality guiding bringing everything to life. First tour we attended. We are pleased we came'
Margaret & Brian Herring, Ongar, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'We have been greatly impressed by the quality of the tour and hope there will be another opportunity in the future'
Peter & Pauline Mockett - Ongar, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Interesting and enlightening. Great information and explanations'
Barney Gilmore, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Graeme brought the whole tour 'alive' and everything explained very clearly and was easy to understand. A brilliant tour and great atmosphere throughout. Also a great group. We look forward to another trip'
Val & Bob Baker - Sawbridgeworth, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Great experience with good company. Hotel first class.
Bernard Hogan, Fyfield, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Could not have been better. I loved every second, Thank you.'
Ken Meredew - Safron Walden, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Bloody brilliant'
Graham Aldis - Nags Head Moreton, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Fantastic, awesome. Thanks Graeme'
Thomas Aldis - Nags Head Moreton, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

Guiding was very good with a mixture of battlefield information and personal recollection.
Rob Brooks, Toot Hill, Essex: Ypres Tour 3-5 Sep

'Your contribution was absolutely invaluable, most particularly in using your detailed knowledge of the Peninsular War battlefields to orientate us and to describe what happened all those years ago. As I said, it helps enormously to have someone who knows what they are talking about. Very many thanks for devoting so much of your time and effort to us.'
Major General W G Cubitt CBE -'OP PICASSO' London District Staff Ride to the Peninsular War - 6-10 Oct 08

'I was very impressed with the scope & scale of the whole trip & it more than matched my expectations. The leader’s ability to gain access to places & people added variety & interest and was an additional dimension. His ability to convey sufficient information to grasp both strategic & tactical issues at various stages was very helpful to my understanding and his intimate knowledge of the units & their dispositions inspired great confidence. Well organised, flexible but still focussed on the tour objectives.
Neil Hutton 19-22 Sep - The Waterloo Campaign. Beaumont to Brussels.

'Excellent. I do not see how it could have been improved'
Glenn Merrett 19-22 Sep - The Waterloo Campaign. Beaumont to Brussels.

 

Many thanks for looking after the ARK ROYAL Command Group so magnificently at Waterloo. It was so kind of you to get up so early and, I am sure, get home so late and give us a battlefield tour that was full of relevance for the challenges we face today – at sea! I speak for the whole team when I say that our thoughts on leadership have been really invigorated by our ten hours replaying a land battle under your expert tutorage. It really was very good and we are all extremely grateful to you.
Captain J R H Clink OBE Royal Navy - The Commanding Officer HMS ARK ROYAL - Navy Command
Waterloo 17 Sep

Brilliant, stimulating, emotive, thought provoking and excellent. Thanks'
Conal Gallagher, Wexford: The Irish Battles Somme & Ypres
15-18 Aug

'Memorable tour for one ex-pat and one Irish Farrier. Smashing four days and very informative. Excellent. Could'nt be bettered.
Roddy Bailey- Wexford- The Irish Battles Somme & Ypres
15-18 Aug

'A most enjoyable and enlightening trip. Very impressed with the amount of preparation and planning that went into the venture. Guide - excellent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, sociable. Able to enthuse all participants.
John Atkinson - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'Excellent. Sufficient information with pause for reflection'
Hazel Green - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'An extremely well organised Tour'
David & Caroline Boatman - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

The Guide - very informative, clear and easily understood. His extent of the coverage left no inadequacies. The Quality of the Tour exceeded our expectations. The skill and full cooperation of the coach driver (Paul Fisher - Lodge Coaches) added to our confidence.
Alan & Mary Merriman - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'Graeme was a mind of information. Channelling himself into the subject with great infectious enthusiasm. First Class.
John Skeeles - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'Top quality. Graeme quickly got to know all participants by name and pitched responses accordingly. Put in significant research on my family members. Much appreciated. Tour surpassed all expectations.
Martin & Christine Harvey - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'Excellent. The research was most thorough and totally relevant. All questions were fielded throughout. The stated object 'to spark the imagination was certainly the case with me. It was a rewarding experience as well as moving.
Lyn Evans - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'This was my first battlefield tour and it will not be my last. It came up to expectations. The Guide certainly knew his subject. A remarkable man.
John Mattison - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'A most enjoyable and interesting 3 days. About the right length for the subject and our degree of Interest.
John & Pauline Collis - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'The best tour yet and judging by the comments made to me, by others on the tour, the lengths you went to to make the tour a success were very much appreciated.
James Donoghue - Richard Hale Association Tour - Ypres 1-3 Aug

'You were, quite simply, Inspirational, forensic and brilliantly entertaining'
Lt Col JE Sutton - 37 Signal Regt - Waterloo 27-29 Jun

'We have no doubt that we would not have found a better guide and look forward to travelling with you next year..... as for you knowledge of the subject it is impeccable
Capt N Gurung MBE - 37 Signal Regt - Waterloo 27-29 Jun

'Many, many thanks for a great evening on Thursday. You really went out of your way to give us an interesting and instructive time. We thought you pictures were so clear. I do not think that there was anyone present who could not remember at least one member of the family being affected. Its heartbreaking yet wonderful to know how patriotic so many people were. With grateful thanks.’
Dorothy Delaney - Brentwood Museum Society
Pictorial Presentation of The Great War' - 21st Feb

Guide: "I have never had a better guide on any sort of tour.
Tour: "I could not have enjoyed myself more and thank you very much"
Peter Morley–Jacob – Chelmsford, Essex
Tour of The Great War Western Front. 7–11 Oct

Guide: "Excellent."
Tour: "A very happy and extremely interesting tour"
Chris Bingley – Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex
Tour of The Great War Western Front. 7–11 Oct 2007

Guide: "Excellent could not be better."
Tour: "Excellent tour that truly brought home the horrors and privations of the Somme & Ypres. (Referring to the experience) It was both humbling and depressing."
Donald Shaw – Maldon, Essex
Tour of The Great War Western Front. 7–11 Oct 2007

Guide: "Excellent – very good indeed."
Tour: "A very good and overall experience"
Simon Compton – Rye, Sussex
Tour of The Great War Western Front. 7–11 Oct 2007

Guide: "Excellent"
Tour: "Excellent trip–Very much enjoyed– Thank you."
Jeremy Hutton – Braintree, Essex
Tour of The Great War Western Front. 7–11 Oct 2007

Guide: "10 out of 10. Very informative, excellent choice of sites, involved party as appropriate Excellent,"
Tour: Can't wait for the next one".
Tim Simmons – Rye, Essex
Tour of The Great War Western Front. 7–11 Oct 2007

"First Class, clear, precise, caring. Could not be better."
Bernard Hogan – Fyfield Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

"Excellent – Lots of information gave a real feel for the devastation. Able to gain a better prospective of The Battle of The Somme.
Viv Sharples – Bishops Stortford, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Very good. Informative, interesting and friendly."
Pat & George Neicho – Rainham, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

"An excellent tour, excellent advice, excellent company and an experience I will cherish for ever. Many thanks Graeme"
Stuart Learmond – Edinburgh
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Excellent"
Edward Hilliard – North Weald Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3– 5 Aug 2007

"Very well done. A very interesting trip. Thanks very much'
John Ireland, Sawbridgeworth, Essex,
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

"Could not have been better"
Brian Merritt – Harlow, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'I am really fortunate to have seen the Metro article about 'Cooper's Waterloo Tours', to have a guide as good as Graeme and too have been with such an interesting group. .... excellent ... seemed to be at the right level for everyone.... a good balance'
Ian Richardson – Marylebone, London
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3– 5 Aug 2007

'Excellent'
Terry Jameson – Hatfield Heath Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3– 5 Aug 2007

'Excellent, very informative. Delivered professionally with humour and authority and gained respect from us all.’
Clive & Deryck Selby – Matching Green, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

Excellent'
Brian Green – Bishop Stortford, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3– 5 Aug 2007

'A great weekend, thoroughly informative, interesting, professional'
Elaine & Clive Atkins – Sawbridgeworth, Herts
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'First Class'
Sandra & Michael Saban – Hatfield Heath, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Outstanding'
Janet Copsey – Witham, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Good. Lots of information. Knew his stuff. Weather, Guide and Company made a good tour'
Mary Colman – Witham, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'An excellent tour – thanks Graeme'
Alan Richards – Abridge, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'A first class experience'
Lawrence Dobson – Harlow, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Excellent and very informative'
Barry & Pauline Crowder – Danbury, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'First class. A very well managed and stimulating tour'
Sheila Wileman, Brentwood, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Very high standards as was expected from previous tours'
John Wileman, Brentwood, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Excellent – had great time, also very emotional moment'
Kevin Green – Old Harlow, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Good, Good'
Ron Jones – Hatfield Heath, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3–5 Aug 2007

'Absolutely first class. Information coupled with on the stand coverage made you feel what it was like at the time.'
William Bruty – Hatfield Heath, Essex
'Soldiers on The Somme' Tour – 3– 5 Aug 2007

‘"Miracle of Dunkirk", Excellent day, couldn't be any better. As before, the quality of the information and presentation was superb. The overview was brilliant and really set the scene so that we had a far better understanding of the miracle of the withdrawal from Dunkirk and the amazing feats carried out in terrible conditions, by all involved. ‘
Alan & Marjorie Bentley with Graham Flatt
Dunkirk – Saturday 30th June 2007

'I must record the appreciation of the Club for the magnificent way in which you arranged this tour especially for us. Your outstanding and detailed knowledge of the strategy of the battle, the topography of the ground, the characters and techniques involved; which together with your superb ability to present it in a riveting way will leave us a lasting and most favourable memory. Everything we asked you to do was done. We were delighted with your response to our requirement for a very comfortable coach and driver. We appreciated your care for our less active members such as accommodating their pace and lending one of them your own jersey when he forgot his. Also, we appreciated too the little extras, such as the unscheduled coffee break you gave us, the private viewing of La Haie Sainte, interceding with the hotel when one of the meals was not quite as one would expect from a 4–star establishment: and then of course, there was the surprise attack from the Imperial Guard! Our members appreciated and enjoyed too the contribution by Anne Grimshaw, with her story of "Weaver to Waterloo" and her conversations about the times. We are very grateful to you Graeme.’
John Deans – Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"Very good, friendly, knowledgeable. Excellent value and superb guiding"
Tony Drew
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"Overall the guiding (and guide) was very good. With thorough briefing pitched at he right level of detail for this group and given at appropriate times. “
David George
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"A most enjoyable tour"
Wilf Dorward
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"Inspiring, enthusiastic narration throughout. A thoroughly enjoyable and "brain nourishing" tour.
Shirley Greatrex
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"Graeme had an unusual depth of knowledge not just about Waterloo but all things military. He never failed to answer a question with a very thorough answer"
John Middleton
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"Very enjoyable and interesting tour. Right balance of information, sight seeing. Not over loaded with information, stats and names. Good humour with authority and confidence as well as subject knowledge made for a perfect combination.
Anne Grimshaw
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"First Rate – Graeme is a real enthusiast and it shows"
Peter Boden
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"Excellent tour conducted at the right pace for my old bones"
Jim Donoghue
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

"Talks were paced with info clearly presented; good answers given to virtually every question asked. Excellent; very well put together fascinating topic, very interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed it."
John Cowan
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

I was amazed to receive these pictures so quickly! Many thanks – they are an excellent reminder of a most enjoyable 3 days. May I again thank you most sincerely both on behalf of myself and t he Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club for such a well planned and professionally executed tour which was much enjoyed by all. A thoroughly enjoyable 3 days.
Julian Usher–Smith
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

This tour, designed specially for us, complied fully with our requirements and additionally contained some enjoyable and informative extras not available to the public. The Guide was chosen because of his reputation as an excellent guide – but his excellence and depth of knowledge far exceeded expectations.
John Deans
Hertfordshire Engineers Luncheon Club Tour of Waterloo and the V2 Rocket Site at St Omer. 8–11 June 2007

Graeme was an excellent guide who'd researched the background to the tour very thoroughly.
James Ellis
In the footsteps of Billy' – A Family tour to The Somme and Chemin des Dames Battlefields. 18–20 May 2007

Fantastic.. Graeme brought to life the emotions and experiences of Billy's' time at the front line, his enthusiasm and passion for the subject switched the trip from being just a history lesson to being a very memorable experience. Amazing… Although now I cry whenever I see a war documentary on tv!
Annamarie Lumley and George Mavridin
In the footsteps of Billy – A Family tour to The Somme and Chemin des Dames Battlefields. 18–20 May 2007

Absolutely fantastic Graeme. You were bombarded with lots of questions and more than rose to the challenge. The tour was an emotional experience for the family and you totally brought it to life for us. We have many memories that will stay with us thanks to you. I enjoyed learning about how all the Regiments played a part in the war, the reading of Lt Hodgson of the Devon Regiment as well as visiting the Welsh memorial are a few amongst many.'
Alice Lumley – In the footsteps of Billy
A Family tour to The Somme and Chemin des Dames Battlefields. 18–20 May 2007

First class, an extremely knowledge and informative tour, following in the footsteps of my uncle Billy. Enabling our family to finally put this brave soldier of WW1 to rest. And also appreciate the battles and resting places of the Great War. With Graeme's expertise and enthusiasm this was a truly memorable trip for me and my family.
Eric Lumley – In the footsteps of Billy
A Family tour to The Somme and Chemin des Dames Battlefields. 18–20 May 2007

The subject was exceedingly well presented and the itinerary very well thought out. Very knowledgeable guiding with appropriate materials, well devised route as well as ensuring that interest was continually maintained (or concentration should I say) that helped link all the various stories together to create the bigger picture. Had a fantastic few days and will be taking home a new level of knowledge and understanding of what was such an awful sacrifice. The trip has given so much more that a holiday can. Thank you.
John & Beth Featherby
Hertford, Herts. Atterwill Family Tour of The Somme and Ypres Salient 31 Mar–2 Apr 2007

Graeme is an excellent guide who is totally committed and loves his subject. He brought the First World War battles to life for us and in a moving and unforgettable way. He is also flexible and matches the tour to the needs of his guests. A great experience. We wish we had done it sooner!
John, Leslie, Rosalind and Edward Atterwill
Stapleford, Hertford, Herts. Atterwill Family Tour of The Somme and Ypres Salient. 31 Mar–2 Apr 2007

‘Graeme – very many thanks for providing yet another excellent Battlefield Tour. The attending "Chunderers" were all suitably impressed and many were still commenting on the excellent programme as they left the bus last night – and it's quite right that they should do so. You and Mike make an excellent team and, as individuals who are clearly independent of the Sqn, your comments reinforce and expand the work conducted by the permanent staff. I am most grateful to you both for all your efforts, whether it is sorting out the meal tickets or conjuring–up the horrors of the battlefield. You make my trip very easy and most enjoyable. ‘
Commander D W Bridger Royal Navy
Defence Technical Undergraduate Squadron Scheme – Southampton University Leadership Tour of Somme and Ypres 10–12 Nov 2006

‘First of all a huge thank you from all the Wolstenholme's for such a fantastic trip to the battle fields of the Great War. It really was such a special few days for us all. I personally learnt so much and was fascinated to relate some of the leadership and decision making aspects of such a complex and massive campaign to today's world.

Such a lesson to us all, and such a great way to receive it by visiting the places where it all took place. We are indebted to you for making it possible, and for making it real, and for getting everybody involved. I will remember always the walk to where Arthur died, and to read the letters about his death on the way there. When I read my own Grandfathers log book 'the road to Serre' means so much more now. As you said at the start, your job was to show us the ground and to tell us the story – we had to use our imagination and somehow put in our own context. You did a brilliant job.’
Andrew Wolstenholme – Bespoke Tour in the Great War Footsteps of Hugh Barnes MC – The battlefields of The Somme, Loos and Ypres. 26–29 Oct 2006

'I can't thank you enough – it was such a moving and hugely educational trip – and I am wearing my poppy with immense pride and feel humbled by the whole experience. Hope your ears are burning – everyone has been singing your praises'.
Antonia Barnes–Yallowley
Bespoke Tour in the Great War Footsteps of Hugh Barnes MC – The battlefields of The Somme, Loos and Ypres. 26–29 Oct 2006

"Fantastic! Just come from a Slovakian Armed Forces day and many deputies came up and waxed lyrical and how much they enjoyed last Friday, courtesy of you. I did too; only sorry I had to cut short the afternoon and miss Vandamme. Big thanks again. I will long treasure your W'loo tours and definitely keen to do Salamanca.
Brigadier Nigel Hall
NATO Military Representatives Waterloo Tour – Waterloo 29 Sep 2006

"Thank you for your time and expertise today in educating us Deputy MilReps about Waterloo...I'd spent lots of time on the battlefield before, but today was the highlight. I'll go back many more times, and you've given me many enjoyable and productive threads to follow."
Brigadier General John Adams
Deputy US Military Representative NATO Military Representatives Waterloo Tour – Waterloo 29 Sep 2006

"Informal, informative, knowledgeable, professional, approachable. In every way excellent."
Clive Allens – Sawbridgeworth
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Excellent Day. The icing on the cake was our Standards at the ceremony at the Menin Gate"
Eunice and John Woolmore –Brentwood, Essex
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Well organised and a real pleasure to attend. Will recommend to friends and family."
Clive Selby – Matching Green
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Excellent Guide: His superb presentation of information, historical background and stories made the tour for us. Nothing was too much for him. A great day. Informal but very informative. Great atmosphere"
Mr J Ireland – Sawbridgeworth
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"A Great day out. I would recommend it to my branch and other Legion members"
Alan Richards – Abridge, Essex
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable day"
Liz and Julian Woor – Elsenham, Essex
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Brilliant"
Mr & Mrs Poulter – Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Excellent, informative. A great day out. Looking forward to the next one."
Sheila & John Wileman – Brentwood, Essex
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Conveyed that passion and knowledge very well. A excellent day out. Thoroughly enjoyable"
Chris & Ernie Field – Harlow, Essex
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Graeme was excellent as usual"
Brenda Allen – Harlow, Essex
Royal British Legion Tour to Ypres 27 Sep 2006

"Just a quick note to thank you for an excellent tour of the Waterloo battlefield, like I've never heard before despite numerous visits. I'm only sorry that I had to bail out at lunchtime."
Commodore Nick Harland RN Dep UK Military Representative EU, Brussels
Waterloo 15 Sep 2006

"Many thanks again for Friday I thoroughly enjoyed the morning. I believe I missed the fun in the afternoon with your surprise. A lot of people have mentioned to me how much they enjoyed the whole day and how excellent you were at bringing the whole thing alive."
Lynne Russell, Foreign & Commonwealth Office , HQ NATO, Brussels
Waterloo 15 Sep 2006

"Brilliant day! Really appreciated by everyone; long to be remembered"
Brigadier Nigel Hall, UK Military Representative HQ NATO, Brussels Waterloo 15 Sep 2006

"This was my first coach tour and far exceeded my expectations. A lot of thought had been given to the tour beforehand and it showed. The overall care and individual concern was first class.
Anne Stewart, Epping, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"An excellent tour. Time well spent, which will give us much to look back on and enjoy.
Jack Stewart, Epping, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Knowledgeable, lucid, concise" were his comments on the Guiding. "Already have," were his comments when asked "Would he recommend Cooper's Waterloo Tours to others?"
Bruce Littley Guild of Battlefield Guides – Kidderminster
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Thank you for your professional leadership of the weekend. It was not just the organisation and presentation of the whole visit that was appreciated but also the details; the representatives of the Imperial Guard; the library; nice, busy, yet relaxed timing; avoidance of queues, etc.."
Rob Brooks, Greensted, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Extremely good. I came on this trip with an extremely limited knowledge and returned enlightened."
Shirley Fisher, Toot Hill, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Hmm – hard to comment. But if pushed. Absolutely superb, extremely knowledgeable"
Mike Buckmaster–Brown – GBG, Lowther Hill, London
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Excellent. Had a superb weekend – A great experience. Could literally feel the ground shaking beneath my feet."
Jens Brooks, Belmont Hill, London
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Excellent and well worth it"
Alan Fisher, Toot Hill, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Excellent. A really good tour, it really gave me an idea of scale of the battle and of the intricate detail. Graeme's enthusiasm for the subject rubbed off onto everyone in the group "
Robin Fisher, Toot Hill, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Excellent. Very enjoyable 3 days and a good friendly group"
Martyn Lockwood, Chelmsford, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Oh Please" was the reply to the question 'Would you recommend Cooper's Waterloo Tours to others?'
Sue Brunt – Guild of Battlefield Guides, Sittingbourne, Kent
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"A great time"
Ken Meredew, Saffron Walden, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Insightful–first class."
Frank Toogood – Guild of Battlefield Guides – Bocking, Essex
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"Usual fine performance"
Mike McCarthy – Guild of Battlefield Guides, Chandlers Ford, Southampton Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006

"A really excellent tour presented by a thoroughly professionally guide with a deep understanding and empathy of the campaign and battles. The subject was delivered with consistent enthusiasm and good humour."
Adrian Clark – Morden, Surrey
Waterloo 1–3 Sep 2006.

"I enjoyed myself immensely and have seen sights and scenes that will stay with me forever."
Shauna Bonnar–Ford – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D-Day Beaches Normandy – August 2006

"He personalised several aspects of the tour from his own Regimental History which gave the method of instruction much more realism. Always punctual and professional in his manner he steered the week with very little pfaff involved. Excellent week. Well worth investing time and Personnel in. Brought out good qualities in leadership discussions."
Lee Ashcroft – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D-Day Beaches Normandy – August 2006

"Very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject."
Simon Tomlinson – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour D-Day Beaches Normandy – August 2006

"A fountain of war knowledge. I was very impressed and amazed at everything I saw and heard on the tour. Many thanks to Coops and my recommendation will be going out. A very good tour and guide. A real eye opener that won't be forgotten."
John Adams – RAF Marham – Leadership Tour
D Day Beaches Normandy – August 2006

"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talk. Your photographs – they were so impressive and eloquent. Your Waterloo shots are also terrific ....... really captures the battlefield experience. I was also taken with the statue of Napoleon at Craonne.
Ronni Schwartz – MIT – Boston
Wellington Congress 13 July 2006

"Oh Lord, YES" was the reply to the question 'Would you recommend Cooper's Waterloo Tours to others?'
Helen McNeeley – Oro Station, Ontario, Canada
'In the Footsteps of James Morrison' 16–18 June 2006.

"Excellent. Very detailed – which I enjoy. I do not see how it could be improved."
Ken McNeeley – Oro Station, Ontario, Canada
'In the Footsteps of James Morrison' 16–18 June 2006

"I can't think of a way that the tour could be improved for me. Very helpful and an awareness of individual needs. Extremely patient. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I felt very much looked after.
Valerie Beagley – Croydon, Berkshire
'Sunrise on the Somme' 9–11 June 2006.

"Excellent – emphasis on 'seeing the ground' is exactly the right approach. We were very privileged to be in a small chauffeur driven group. Appreciated the number of personal stories, overall strategies and 'ground' detail"
Pauline Collis – Magdalen Laver, Essex
'Sunrise on the Somme' 9–11 June 2006.

"Excellent. Well adapted to the interests of the participants, with commendable flexibility when desirable. Very enjoyable experience in absorbing a lot of information on a key part of the 20th Century in such a short time. Questions answered with commendable authority. The small party was ideal"
John Collis – Magdalen Laver, Essex
'Sunrise on the Somme' 9–11 June 2006.

"I loved it – informal and totally competent. Built up the development of the battle and its final climax. My chums all enjoyed it."
Peter Speer – Sutton Coldfield
Waterloo 5–8 June 2006.

"Would be difficult to find one better. We almost lived the battle."
Stuart Sykes – Burton on Trent, Staffs
Waterloo 5–8 June 2006.

"Excellent. I now have an understanding of all the battles fought around Waterloo. Many thanks."
Nigel Pettmann – Solihull
Waterloo 5–8 June 2006.

"Very good"
Nigel Brough – Lichfield
Waterloo 5–8 June 2006.

‘Very clear and considerate presentations, and also meticulous appreciation of client's physical capabilities and interests. A very relaxed and relaxing appreciation of the campaign area – especially important to the quality was the ability to 'Tweak' in relation to the wishes of the clients. ‘
Dr Bob Presley – Gloucester
D–Day 1944 – Normandy Landings Tour 26–30 May 2006.

Excellent. Great tour, as usual.
Colin Thompson – Moreton, Essex
D–Day 1944 – Normandy Landings Tour 26–30 May 2006.

‘Knowledgeable, helpful and very good company. It was a most enjoyable tour, perhaps we were spoilt by having such a small select band! ‘
Sue Presley – Gloucester
D–Day 1944 – Normandy Landings Tour 26–30 May 2006.

‘Excellent! ‘
Graham Wright – Matching Tye, Essex
D–Day 1944 – Normandy Landings Tour 26–30 May 2006.

"Fascinating trip to Waterloo– very informative guiding and tailored to please a diverse private group– thank you"
Mrs Emma Clarke – Hurstbourne Tarrant
Waterloo 11–13 May 2006.

‘Thanks so much for the photos, they turned out really good didn't they! I had a terrific time that day & have certainly been derelict in sending my thanks to you. When I got home that evening I rang my brother & we talked for about two hours about everything I had learned from you. I can now truly understand the glowing testimonials you receive on your website. Walking the battlefield with you was a unique experience ..... I had the uncanny feeling that I was with someone who had been there on the day. Thank you very much for that. Hope to see you again soon. ‘
Cheri Sweet – La Haie Sainte
Royal College Defence Studies Tour of Waterloo April 2006.

"Follow that star". Yes I know it is over 2000 years since first used, but we did indeed follow a star last week. As a veteran of quite of quite a few trips to Waterloo, yours must rank at the top – enjoyable, informative, challenging in scope and so many new things.
Lt Col Simon Ward
Royal College Defence Studies Tour of Waterloo April 2006.

Very excellent all round. Brilliant content. You made the past relevant to 'day to day' experiences. I really enjoyed every aspect.
Matt Bloomfield – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D Day Beaches Normandy – February 2006

'Thanks for a great tour. Excellent, very enthusiastic, informative, enlightening, educational and inspiring. Great fun too!
Marv Scenters – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D Day Beaches Normandy – February 2006

Excellent – Very Informative and good social atmosphere.
Michael Newnham – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D Day Beaches Normandy – February 2006

Very informative and in depth. Excellent Teambuilding and real time walking the paths of history.
Al Scott – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D Day Beaches Normandy – February 2006

Excellent
Lee Moncuit – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D Day Beaches Normandy – February 2006

'Excellent to a very high standard. I felt a part of history itself and never realised the extent of World war two'.
Russell Cole – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D Day Beaches Normandy – February 2006

'This tour was great'.
A Douglass – RAF Marham
Leadership Tour – D Day Beaches Normandy – February 2006

"Many thanks for the excellent talk you gave on Friday evening. It raised £40 for the Luncheon Club"
Mrs Pat Williams
Kelvedon Hatch Village Society, Brentwood, Essex – January 2006

‘Believe your tours are more personable than one would find in more established tours. One also feels some of the interactions we had with the locals & unexpected developments were both revealing and part of the charm. Especially felt Ali's presence was soothing and civilizing. All the guest speakers were utterly pleasant and delightful. Waterloo I knew but you still expanded my horizons. Austerlitz proved far more memorable, magical, complex and rewarding than I hoped. Also thought our little band of travellers was a splendid mix. ‘
Richard Driessen – Los Angelis California USA
200th Anniversary Tour Austerlitz – 30 Nov – 7 Dec 2005

‘Some old Sandhurst buffer, all tangled up in 'ow true the ground is, never you mind the ground wasn't 'arf covered in snow. He spent the evening of the 1st rousting troops to advance on some bloody hillock in the bejeesus AM, just because Bonaparte 'ad stood there 200 years ago–Crikey, 'e probably got there earlier in the AM than Boney done himself. And no–one drowned in some ponds or lakes at the end of the battle – blimey, if they'd 'a been drained then, like they be now, no wonder nobody would 'a drowned! Actually, quite enjoyable and very knowledgeable.
I'd heard earlier about the value of your contacts, but I thought they truly made the trip, on and off the battlefields. I think the opportunity to see otherwise unavailable or closed museums and sites made the trip. Thank John for me. Without the night time Vienna orientation, I might still be wandering Vienna. Really appreciated the trip notes. Pleased, overall. Don't know if I will do another Napoleonic battlefield tour, but I may. I am not a battlefield fanatic. I wouldn't have missed this tour for worlds. ‘
Joe Daragan – Arlington, Virginia USA
200th Anniversary Tour Austerlitz – 30 Nov – 7 Dec 2005

‘A peak experience – and a great group – probably not to be surpassed. Simply outstanding – I especially appreciate the ability to improvise, which is how a tour of this sort should be run, I think. We didn't know for sure what was going to happen, and by maintaining flexibility and exercising on–the–spot judgment to make changes in the itinerary, we were able to capture some very special experiences – e.g., the encounter with the Emperor at 7:30 am on the Zuran on Dec 2… A more "structured" tour would have missed these things… ‘
George Calhoun, New York
200th Anniversary Tour Austerlitz – 30 Nov – 7 Dec 2005

'To arrive in darkness, with the smell of snow, and pavement and anticipation; to then sleep in a fog of jetlag, and a foreign landscape reminiscent of the snow–laden firs of childhood and the kind of light which painters prize and dash. Then to witness and become part of the unfolding story – this is living history. To learn the richness and complexity of battle by vantage points and angles and slipping over ice, to feel one's imagination whipped up at the intersection of strategy, horseflesh and death, and loyalty and terror, squares and bayonets (you or him) and the 3 Pounder and 6 pounders all of it exhorted out of the climate, frost, fog and the Sun of Austerlitz by a born teacher, a maestro of suggestion, 'Here the drums!' 'There the bugle!' 'Here the lines', the vineyards, the important ground – enthusiastic arms invoking the storyteller's spell: so that every ear listening is given opportunity to PONDER what cost ? always in the ever to–be–decoded. Mystery of courage, of uncertainty, of risk, of weather, of wind – Thank–you.'
(This is my Shakespearean salute) on the 200th Anniversary of Austerlitz – a likeness captured while describing story after story at a dinner I thought I'd be too tired to eat. ‘
Ms Sylvia Peck, New York
200th Anniversary Tour Austerlitz – 30 Nov – 7 Dec 2005

‘My sincere thanks to both you and Ali for the excellent trip to Austerlitz and Wagram. The company was excellent ........being a small group it is obviously much easier to get to know and interact with people. The accommodation was also very good and the food very good indeed. ‘
Adrian Clark – Morden, Surrey
200th Anniversary Tour Austerlitz – 30 Nov – 7 Dec 2005

‘Brought the battle to life, made it relevant and tied it into 'their' careers. Having spoken to them yesterday it is clear they will not forget Waterloo. Thank you so much for an excellent tour and all the hard work over the years that has made your presentation such a thoroughly professional package. Most grateful.....and would be delighted to meet with you next year for the Somme Tour. ‘
Commander D W Bridger Royal Navy
Defence Technical Undergraduate Squadron Scheme – Southampton University Tour of Waterloo 11–13 Nov 2005

‘We would like to thank you very much for your presentation on 'Touring European Battlefields'. Everyone was most appreciative and it enabled us to raise £386 for the church roof. ‘
Margaret Parsons – Friends of The Lavers Churches
Nov 2005

'Outstanding in both quality and presentation. Extremely good well-presented tour. No reservations whatever'
Peter Axford – Harefield, Middlesex
Family History Monthly Magazine's – Pilgrimage to the Great War Tour – Sep 2005

'Excellent, very knowledgeable and informative. Well worth doing'
Shirley Axford – Harefield, Middlesex – Family History Monthly Magazine's – Pilgrimage to the Great War Tour – Sep 2005

'Absolutely first class, very informative. ‘
Marjorie Bentley – Stibbington Cambridgeshire
Family History Monthly Magazine's – Pilgrimage to the Great War Tour – Sep 2005

'Top of the shop'
Alan Bentley – Stibbington, Cambridgeshire
Family History Monthly Magazine's – Pilgrimage to the Great War Tour – Sep 2005

'A very enjoyable tour which I learned a lot and was able to put my previous slim knowledge into perspective. I particularly appreciated being able to to visit my uncle's grave in Dartmoor Cemetery. A very emotional visit'
Margaret Hood – Hitchin Herts.
Family History Monthly Magazine's – Pilgrimage to the Great War Tour Sep 2005

'The guide was very knowledgeable on the First World War and presented the information an excellent manor including extra bonuses on the Second World War and Waterloo battlefields where they were applicable. A very informative tour on a subject which I knew little about when I started on the tour. ‘
Roger Hood – Hitchin Herts.
Family History Monthly Magazine's – Pilgrimage to the Great War Tour Sep 2005

''Major Cooper's knowledge is vast in relation to Australia's participation in the Great War, along with the D–Day invasion 1944 and the Napoleonic era. I have no hesitation in giving my high recommendation for his professional services.'
Dennis Weatherall JP, MD, Allways Travel Pty Ltd
"Battlefields of the World" / Sydney Australia – Royal Military College Duntroon & Australian Defence Force Academy – European Leadership Tour 1–16 July 2005

'An excellent weekend. Well balanced to suit the group– clearly in the hands of a highly respected professional. ‘
Richard Jenkins, Higgs International Publishing Logistics
Corporate Tour to Waterloo – June 2005

'The whole tour was ideal for what we wanted with our clients. Very good.'
Steve Brown, Emblem Distribution Services Ltd Corporate
Waterloo – June 2005

'An enjoyable Weekend'
Michael Raper, Welling, Kent.– AMP
Corporate Tour to Waterloo – June 2005

'Waterloo weekend absolutely fabulous, very much enjoyed each location. Very high standard as would be expected from one of the best guides.'
Michael Buckmaster–Brown
Emblem Distribution Services Ltd Corporate Tour to Waterloo – June 2005

'Excellent weekend – Informative and enjoyable.'
John Payne, Eltham Kent.– AMP
Corporate Tour to Waterloo 2005