Ecosse Tours Guides
Evelyn McKechnie (B.A. Hons)
Evelyn was born in Glasgow, Scotland and from an early age had a very keen interest in history. She studied a wide range of conflicts from the American Civil War, the Russian Revolution, the French Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the Vietnam War and the Second World War, but her passion and fascination has always been the Great War.
This passion got Evelyn heavily involved in the National Scottish Monument in Flanders project, which saw a Celtic Cross raised at Frezenberg to all Scots that served on the Western Front. She attended the inauguration in August 2007, which was a wonderful experience, one which Evelyn will always treasure.
She is a freelance writer (member of the National Union of Journalists) and specialises in travel and tourism, in particular, battlefield tourism. Since her first trip to the Somme with her lifelong friend, a fellow Scot, Daniel Macrae, a photographer who has worked with her on many assignments, Evelyn has built up an extensive knowledge of the battlefields of the Somme and Flanders. She has a great interest in not just military history but in other aspects of Great War history, such as the war poets (and of those not so well known poets), the use of animals in warfare and women writers of the period.
Going on a battlefield tour is one of the most moving, fascinating and thought provoking trips anyone can have.
What is impressive about some of the battlefields is the peaceful serenity of the landscape and how the land has been healing all this time, even though there are scars still visible to show the slaughter that was endured here. We can still see these scars, and the 'silent cities' are the cemeteries that bear testament to the incredible losses. Years after these battles have been fought people are still drawn to Normandy, Verdun, Arnhem, the Somme and Flanders. Whatever your reason for visiting, everyone involved at Ecosse Battlefield Tours will endeavour to help you experience history in a way that you may be compelled to return.
Daniel previously served with the 52nd Lowland TAVR. His hobbies are collecting medals and badges from the Great War, particularly medals named to Macrae, the Glasgow Highlanders and nursing personnel. He has been collecting for 46 years.
Daniel is a member of the Glasgow Highlanders Association and the Highland Light Infantry Association and he assists every year with poppy collecting.
He is also a freelance photographer and a member of the International Press Association. Both he and Evelyn have worked together on numerous assignments on the Great War and Normandy for various publications.
Arthur Petrie M.A.Hons, Dip Ed.
Arthur is a graduate of Aberdeen University where he studied History, Politics and International Relations.
Arthur is an ex regular army officer in the rank of Major with a military specialisation in the infantry and airborne forces. He has recently retired, after a period in the Territorial Army, in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as Deputy Commandant 2nd Battalion, The Highlanders, Army Cadet Force. Arthur has extensive practical experience of soldiering with nine operational tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Falklands War, Bosnia and Iraq. As a graduate of the Army Staff College he was employed as a staff officer at Brigade, Division and in the Ministry of Defence.
Arthur is also a qualified History and Modern Studies teacher, registered with the General Teaching Council. He is also registered under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme to work with vulnerable children and adults. He has recently retired as a teacher of children with Additional Support Needs.
Arthur will lead tours to the Arnhem battlefields.
Sabine was born in Potijze just outside Ypres, Flanders, growing up amongst the CWGC cemeteries. She spent hours walking on the fields with her beloved grandfather Gaston, listening to his stories. It was he who gave her the passion for the history of the Great War.
Sabine speaks fluent English, Dutch and French, and gained her European Blue Badge for guiding in 2010. As well as being a wonderful guide for adult groups, Sabine does a lot of work for the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 with groups of children.
She is very experienced in the battlefield area about Ypres, also well known as 'The Salient' and the Somme. Her other passion is collecting postcards from the Great War.