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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.

In the week before the signing of the Armistice and the end of the war, the New Zealanders were fighting in Northern France. Their last major action was the liberation of the medieval fortress town of Le Quesnoy.
Telegrams of the New Zealand losses at Le Quesnoy were received after the end of the war had been celebrated – devastating news so close to the end.
One of the longest serving soldier's to be killed was
10/135 Maj. Hugh McKINNON MC.
Photo of Hugh McKinnon
Hugh McKinnon came from Greytown. He left with the main body in 1914 and served with the Wellington Regiment. He was at the Gallipoli Landing, and fought on Chunuk Bair, he was decorated for gallant service on the Somme and again at La Basse Ville. He had been promoted to Major in September 1918, but on 4th November he was killed by a shell  and is buried at Le Quesnoy.







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.