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Passchendaele Offensive Field of Remembrance

Written by on October 10th, 2017.      0 comments

Crosses in a field of wild flowers

Two thousand four hundred and twelve New Zealanders died in the Passchendaele Offensive that began 31 July and ended 30 November 1917.

New Zealand troops were involved in two major attacks the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October and our darkest day the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October.

This symbolic field in the Auckland Domain commemorates all those men, who died one hundred years ago.
 



12 October 2017
10AM Passchendaele Field of Remembrance Commemoration
 
11AM Passchendaele 100th Commemoration
Auckland Museum WWI Sanctuary Level 2

A century on this brutal conflict still stands as one of the country's most terrible military tragedies and the greatest loss of life in a single day. Join us for this commemorative service, a time to reflect and remember the sacrifices of those who fought in the hope of securing a lasting peace.
 
A sparrow perches on top of one of the crosses

Passchendaele Lapel Pins available HERE
 

Mates on the Field

Written by on October 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Mates on the Field event at Eden Park 4 October 2017
 

Battle of Broodseinde Commemorations

Written by on September 16th, 2017.      0 comments

Programme for the planned commemorations at Eden Park.
 

In their own words

Written by Juliana Austen on August 5th, 2017.      0 comments

In their own words
 

Battle of Passchendaele competition winners announced

Written by on July 25th, 2017.      0 comments

Battle of Passchendaele competition links to winning entries.
 

Messines has never forgotten them

Written by on June 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Remembering New Zealanders in Messines, Belgium.
 

Battle of Messines

Written by on May 26th, 2017.      0 comments

Battle of Messines 7th June 1917.
 

Castle Kids Kindergarten commemorate ANZAC Day

Written by on May 20th, 2017.      0 comments

Castle Kids Kindergarten commemorate ANZAC Day
 

Aftermath   Siegfried Sassoon  March 1919

Written by on April 24th, 2017.      0 comments

A poem to commemorate ANZAC Day.
 

ANZ Bank

Written by on April 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

"Together we're honouring a century of the ANZAC spirit"

 

 

1917 A trail of Remembrance in Messines

Written by Juliana Austen on February 1st, 2017.      0 comments

In 1917 the New Zealanders moved into Belgium and began fighting in "Flanders Fields". On the 7th of June the Battle of Messines began with the detonation of 19 huge underground bombs - 10,000 German soldiers were killed in the blast and it rattled teacups in London. Fierce fighting continued for several days, by the time the New Zealand Division was relieved on 9 June, it had 3700 casualties, including 700 dead.
 

1916 3412 New Zealand lives lost

Written by Juliana Austen on January 1st, 2017.      0 comments

World War I New Zealand soldiers erecting a commemorative cross to those who died in the Somme Battle, 1916. 
Topics: Research
 

MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY 8/3504 Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown, Otago Regiment

Written by Juliana Austen on November 1st, 2016.      0 comments

For most conspicuous bravery and determination in attack when the company to which he belonged suffered very heavy casualties in officers and men from machine-gun fire. At great personal risk this NCO advanced with a comrade and succeeded in reaching a point thirty yards of the enemy guns. 
Topics: Research
 

Commemorations for the 100th Anniversary of The Somme

Written by Juliana Austen on September 15th, 2016.      0 comments

Those who fell 100 years ago were honoured and remembered in Auckland on the 15th September 2016.
A field of 163 crosses bears the names of Aucklanders who died in the battle on the 15th September 1916. 
Topics: Events, Regional
 

New Zealanders at the Battle of the Somme 15th September 1916

Written by Juliana Austen on September 10th, 2016.      0 comments

On 1 July 1916 British and French forces launched an offensive which would become known as the Battle of the Somme.
Topics: Events
 
ABOUT US

The Fields of Remembrance Trust was established in 2012 to honour those who served and died for our nation during World War One.

The Trust is made up of the Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, New Zealand (RNZRSA) representIng all local RSAs, and the Auckland RSA. It is a registered charity.