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Wellington Field of Remembrance

Written by on April 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Crosses of the Salamanca Lawn in Wellington

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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

1915 – 884 killed in action

1916 - 965 killed in action

1917 – 1570 killed in action

1918 – 1851 killed in action

In 1918 New Zealand soldiers helped counter the German Spring Offensive, and liberated the French town of Le Quesnoy just a week before Armistice was declared.

The deadly influenza pandemic also took its toll of the soldiers in the field and at home. Some of the crosses here commemorate those who died in the years immediately following the end of the War from wounds or illness contracted while on active service. Those of the Jewish faith are remembered with a Star of David.

The Field is situated on Salamanca Lawn, Botanic Gardens Wellington and will be on display until Sunday 6 May. On that last day between 10am till 4pm relatives and friends can collect their crosses to keep.

Read a Salute to Wellington's fallen soldiers.







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.