Here we provide you with significant dates of note for Fields of Remembrance. Please refer to the organisations and/or council in your regional or local area for specific details of the commemoration services that are planned.
The British offensive known as the Third Battle of Ypres began on 31 July and ended on 10 November 1917. New Zealand troops main involvement was in the battle of Broodseinde on 4 October and First Passchendaele, fought just over a week later on 12 October. The one hundred anniversary of these battles will be commemorated:
1 October 2017
Passchendaele lapel pins are available for sale in ANZ Bank branches.
4 October 2017
Centenary of the Battle of Broodseinde
AUCKLAND - Mates on the Field
This major battle was a prelude to the disastrous battle just 8 days later on the 12th October 1917. It was a highly successful attack but still the casualties were high especially for Auckland Battalions.
One of those killed was Dave Gallaher, who captained the All Black Originals on their celebrated 1905-06 tour of Britain. The Trust together with Auckland RSA and Eden Park Trust will have a commemorative day of activities at Eden Park honour him and the 492 who died on this day 100 years ago.
12th October 2017
Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele
- Dunedin RSA is laying a Field of Remembrance around the Cenotaph in the Queens Gardens opposite the museum from 1October to after Armistice Day 11 November.
- Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is staging the exhibition the Belgians Have Not Forgotten from the Memorial Museum 1917 at Zonnebeke. Timed to coincide with the centenary, Freddy Declerck will speak at its opening. His lecture is part of a four-lecture series over October, with two Belgian experts (Freddy and Charlotte Descamps) and two New Zealand experts (Professor Tom Brooking and Sean Broshanan) to discuss Passchendaele from different perspectives.
- The Women’s War: patriotism, service and dissent in Toitu's our temporary exhibition gallery.
- A Field of Remembrance of 2412 crosses for New Zealanders who died in the Third Battle of Ypres highlighting those who died on 4 October and 12 October will be established from 1 October 2017.
11th November 2017
25th April 2018
11th October 2018