Connecting Spirits

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Your Host Julie Reece

Connecting Spirits

Departing 9th April 2019

Connecting Spirits is a project that involves travelling to the World War 1 battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of France and Belgium to learn first hand the role that Australians played in the battles of the Great War and to understand the sacrifices made.

While there, participants commemorate individual soldiers from their own families and communities. Connecting Spirits was originally a DECD project, but in 2017 developed into a community based initiative open to ALL communities. The project has continued to develop and broaden its accessibility though its original brief remains at the heart of all it represents.

Connecting Spirits' aims are to:

  • Locate and identify individuals of family or community ties that fought and died in WW1 and are buried overseas.
  • Research their stories.
  • Record their stories through social media, website, the printed word, film , music and other mediums
  • Commemorate these men and women at their place of burial or memorial where their name is listed

All Connecting Spirits tours' accounts since 2006 have been published on the website, written by the group members. Go to for the accounts of the tour, the soldiers' histories, personal reflections and many other aspects of the project.

The 2019 tour details are as follows:

  • Depart Adelaide Tuesday April 9 to Paris flying with Emirates
  • Arrive Paris April 9 - travel to Amiens for 4 nights- extensive touring of the Somme battlefields for 3 days with experienced battlefield guide Rod Bedford.
  • From Amiens travel to Ypres via Arras and Fromelles- 7 nights stay including a full day in Bruges and a day trip to Dunkirk
  • Ypres - London for 2 nights
  • London - Salisbury Plains ( 2nights) for tours and Anzac commemorations
  • Return to London - depart for Adelaide April 26 from Heathrow - arrive Saturday 27th.
  • Land content - $5,950 pp twin share
  • While on tour the group will visit and commemorate 35 soldiers and one nurse at their grave, memorial or significant location they visited
  • Follow the tour on a the CS website and the Julie Reece Tours facebook page

Contact Julie Reece for further details at