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Last days of the Armistice Field of Remembrance

Written by on November 20th, 2018.      0 comments


They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
Looking at the information boards
People searching for crosses in the Field

People have been searching the Fields to find their loved one.
people finding a cross
Crosses in the Brothers field

Today Wednesday 21 November is the last day the crosses will be on display.  We regret we are unable to assist in finding a cross nor can we put them aside for later pick up. The crosses are in no order other than in the year the soldier died. Please check the service number before uplifting a cross to ensure you have the right one.

Armistice Day Speech

Written by on November 14th, 2018.      0 comments

One of the highlights of the 2018 Armistice Day Commemorations at Auckland War Memorial Museum was the original speech by Fabiana Mazza - Carson. 2018 Fields of Remembrance

When I was a child my father told me to look at my hands and realise they were the same as any other persons. He told me when I grew up, what would seperate me from every other person, what separates each of us from every other person are how we choose to spend our time using them

Today, when I think of war, when I think of this war, I do not think of soldiers dressed in green or grey. I think of hands. White hands and brown hands, big and small ones, men’s hands and women’s hands and children’s hands.

What was this war if not fingers resting on triggers, fingers pressed to buttons, dropping bombs, hands grasped tightly around the handle of a spade or the wheel of a tank, digging trenches, holding gas masks over faces, held straight to foreheads in salute. What was this war if not a mothers palms, reaching up, cupping a son’s face, palms pressed to together and raised like psalms to God, lowered to benches, shaping biscuit dough. And what was this war if it was not brothers carried, clasped to backs across minefields, hands throwing footballs onto minefields turns sports fields, lifting flagpoles, waving pride or regret.

This war was more than the black hand that ignited it and the hands thrown up in surrender that ended it. To me it was humans dead on both sides, bleeding the same red, the same hands rendered useless. To me there is nothing more tragic than the image of hands with so much potential to create, to express humanity forced for a short time only to destroy before becoming too stiff and cold to hold tools or each other.

I learned in primary school that humans are made in God’s image. To me, the greatest proof of this is that just as God flooded the earth with a wave of his hand, humans too have cried one hundred years worth tears of anguish and pain over this war and we have created oceans. There are seas of graves separating different sides but if we grasp the oars tightly enough perhaps we can row ourselves across them to meet each other. On this one hundred years past since the guns fell silent let us remember those who fell and those who were left behind and what they all died and lived for. For peace.

This war, if nothing else, was one of the greatest examples of man’s potential for destruction in human history. But it was also one of the greatest examples of how destruction can inspire creation. All we have to do is look behind us to see the evidence of that. It was human hands who killed the men those crosses represent. And it was human hands that laid that field, created the building that stands behind me. When we look at those buildings. When we look at that field. When we think of this war I hope we can think of the hands that fought it, remembering only in armistice can we move forward. I hope we can remember that it was these men, our men, who built the rockets that put man on the moon. Whose hands that broke down the Berlin Wall, liberated Aushwitz, liberated us.

And lest we forget that. 

It is a hard task to be the mother of soldiers.

Written by on November 4th, 2018.      0 comments

The Brothers Field remembers the families who suffered multiple losses. Thank you to all those families who have alerted us to their losses. We have updated the figures.
Woman holding Casualty list

Brothers in Arms


‘I prayed so hard that you might both come back to me ... but it is a hard task to be a mother of soldiers.’
Mrs Knight

  • 714 families lost more than one child.

  • 53 families lost three sons.
  • 9 families lost four brothers.

  • 23 sets of brothers died on the same day.

Updating the Brothers Field

Written by on October 26th, 2018.      0 comments

The Brothers Field is the most moving part of the National Armistice Field.
Brothers Field
Identifying family members from 100 year old records has been a challenge and we always knew we would have missed some brothers.
It has been wonderful to have people come forward and let us know of their family’s losses.

We now have 700 families who lost more than one child in World War I with an additional family loosing three of their sons.

We are working toward adding them to the Brothers field and updating the lists.
As one of the family members said: 
'these deaths could not even be spoken of until the next generation as there was so much pain felt by the siblings.’

A recent book has been published on those families –
Broken Branches, New Zealand families who lost three of more children in the Great War / Josh Scadden / fair Dinkum Publications.

Even in death they are not divided

Written by Juliana Austen on October 18th, 2018.      0 comments

While researching soldiers for the Field of Remembrance Brothers Field I have identified a number of twin brothers who lost their lives in World War I.

The parents are no less heroes than their sons.

Written by on October 4th, 2018.      0 comments

In the Armistice Centenary Field of Remembrance there will be a special field honouring the families who suffered multiple losses.

Armistice Centenary 2018 Event

Written by on October 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

We commemorate the 100 anniversary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of the war, with a field of 18,277 crosses for each New Zealander who died in World War One.

The No.1 New Zealand General Hospital 1916-1919

Written by Juliana Austen on July 20th, 2018.      0 comments

The village of Brockenhurst was home to the No 1. New Zealand Hospital during World War I. In the churchyard of St Nicholas lie the graves of nearly one hundred New Zealanders.

White Crosses

Written by on May 1st, 2018.      0 comments

Planned Field of Remembrance for Armistice Day November 2018

Christchurch Field of Remembrance

Written by on April 24th, 2018.      0 comments

ANZAC Day 1918 a field of 4,398 white crosses remembered those from the wider Canterbury region who died one hundred years ago in the First World War.

Auckland Field of Remembrance

Written by on April 23rd, 2018.      0 comments

ANZAC Day 2018 a field of 4,799 white crosses remembered Aucklanders who died one hundred years ago in the First World War.

Wellington Field of Remembrance

Written by on April 19th, 2018.      0 comments

ANZAC Day 2018 a field of 5,270 white crosses remembered those from the wider Wellington region who died one hundred years ago in the First World War. 

New Zealand Secondary Schools Passchendaele Centennial Tour

Written by on November 16th, 2017.      0 comments

Our young people remember - Battle of Passchendaele Competition winners.


Written by on November 10th, 2017.      0 comments

At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month an Armistice was signed ending the Great War.

War in the desert

Written by on November 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

The war in the Middle East. "...we were just about a forgotten unit on a forgotten front."

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.