Upcoming Significant Dates

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.
 

Armistice Centenary Celebrations

20 October - 20 November 
Field of White Crosses on display in the Auckland Domain.

Museum and crosses at dawn

18,277 crosses are named for each New Zealander who died in World War I. The field will be arranged by year with a separate 'Brothers Field' commemorating those families who lost more than one family member. A series of Light Boxes will illustrate New Zealand's involvement in World War I.
 
Collection of Crosses
Crosses will be available to take home -  this is an informal process - there is no need to register - just find and retrieve your cross.
From 15 - 17 November, crosses from the Memorial Field may be uplifted by family/descendants or friends.
From 18 – 20 November, crosses from the Memorial Field may be uplifted by schools and community groups.
 

HIGHLIGHTS FORM THE ARMISTICE CEREMONY





Program
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WWI nurses in the Field
World War I nurses in the Field

Cross to the Unknown soldier
Soldiers in front of the big screen

Soldiers in front of Cenotaph
Bugler with Galipolli bugle
Bugler with a bugle used on the Galipolli Peninsula
     

“There were songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, and tootings and rattlings—a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds.”
Armistice celebrations in Wellington described in The Evening Post, 12 November 1918

Another highlight was the superb speech by Fabbiana Mazza-Carson, Fabiana is in her final year at Kings College. Over the past three years she has debated for Kings at the highest level.
You can read the full text of her speech here

CHRISTCHURCH


Christchurch Field of Remembrance 2018
Final salute for Field of Remembrance
Memorial crosses honouring thousands of Christchurch’s fallen servicemen and women dominate Cranmer Square for the final time as part of the Fields of Remembrance project.
The field contains more than 4300 named crosses commemorating Cantabrians who died in World War I.

Christchurch RSA is making their crosses available for families to collect - they simply ask that families let them know of the crosses that they have taken so that they can replace them in order to maintain a full set.

Armistice Field in Dunedin
WW100 Dunedin Field of Remembrance, Cenotaph, Queens Gardens Dunedin
This field of 3,988 white memorial crosses remembers those from Otago and Southland who died one hundred years ago in the First World War.
White Memorial Crosses will be available to descendants, and can be picked up from the field after the 11th November until the 23rd November.
RSA’s and other community groups in the Otago Southland area who may wish to have crosses for future ANZAC DAY/ Armistice Day commemorations please make contact with the Sally Turner at the Dunedin RSA, phone 034664 886
Or email finance@dn-rsa.org.nz or email Marilyn Anderson, DCC Event Marilyn.Anderson@dcc.govt.nz
 

PAST EVENTS 

20 October - 14 November 


Bugler in front of field of 18,277 crosses

Lone Bugler. Sergeant Bill Rimmer, RNZA 

performing the daily ritual of playing Reveille & Last Post at the Armistice Field of Remembrance at Auckland Domain. This significant & solemn daily ritual will honour the service & sacrifice of 18,277 New Zealanders who gave their lives in service to our nation during World War One. It will also honour the families of those who served. The Fields of Remembrance Trust wishes to acknowledge Bill Rimmer’s generosity of spirit and his insistence this is not a duty but a privilege and he will not accept our offer of remuneration or reimbursement of expenses.

 

Dates & Times.  

  • Saturday, 20 October – Thursday, 15 November. Daily playing of Reveille (7.00am) and Last Post (8.00pm) by a lone bugler facing out over the field of crosses.
  • Thursday, 15 November. Reveille played for the final time at 7.00am. Following that families will be invited to take home the crosses of family members from the Field. From the 18th schools & the public will also have this opportunity.

Armistice Day
11th November 2018

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an Armistice was signed which ended the First World War. To commemorate the one hundred anniversary of Armistice Day the Trust is establishing a field of over 18,000 white crosses, each bearing the name of a man or woman who lost their life in the conflict.
The crosses will be on display in the Auckland Domain.
Proposed dates for the event are - 22nd October to 21st November 2018.

Armistice Memorial 2018 Plan

The Field will be positioned below the Court of Honour and Cenotaph in front of Auckland War Memorial Museum. The crosses will be laid out by year of death 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 and those who died of illness or wounds up to 1921.
Each cross will list the service number, rank, initials, surname and any honour/award won.
A separate field will remember those families who lost more than one family member - nearly 700 mothers lost more than one son. This field will be positioned by the lone Gallipoli Pine and be surrounded by poppies.
At the end of the commemorations crosses will be made available to families, and then to any community groups, schools, RSAs who may wish to collect them. 

ANZAC Day
25th April 2018
ANZAC Day commemorations will be taking place in communities across New Zealand, many will mark the occasion with a field of white crosses for their men who served in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. In the main centres the Field of Remembrance Trust has supplied named crosses for the men from their region who made the ultimate sacrifice.

AUCKLAND
In the Auckland Domain just below the Cenotaph there will be a field of 4,799 white crosses. These will be on display until 2 May 2018.

Auckland Field of Remembrance 2018


WELLINGTON
In the Botanic Gardens there will be a field of 5,270 white crosses. The crosses will be on display until Sunday 6 May.
Crosses may be collected from the gardens by family and friends 10am - 4pm on Sunday 6 May.

Wellington Field of Remembrance 2018


CHRISTCHURCH
In Cranmer Square there will be a field of 4,398 white crosses. The crosses will be on display until one week after ANZAC Day.

Christchurch Field of Remembrance 2018

 

 


Some of the crosses 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.

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.

Note - DUNEDIN will not have any crosses on display this ANZAC but will have a field of 3,988 white crosses to commemorate Armistice Day, 11th November, and the end of the First World War.

 
Armistice Day
11th November 2017
Dunedin Cenotaph
Saturday 11th November 2017
10:45am

Auckland War Memorial Museum (WW1 Sanctuary, Level2)
Saturday 11th November 2017
11:00 - 11:45am

Wellington National War Memorial, Buckle St.
Saturday 11th November 2017
From 10.30am

For other World War One related events visit WW100 HERE
and NZRSA HERE


Commemorating the Passchendaele Offensive:

 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.
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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.
View a video of the highlights of this event HERE
12th October 2017
Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele

DUNEDIN

  •  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.


AUCKLAND

Night shot of the October 2017 Field in The Domain

5 - 20 October 

  • 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

12 October

  • 10am - Passchendaele Field of Remembrance Service. Auckland Domain.

  • 11am - Passchendaele Centennial Commemoration. Auckland War Memorial Museum, WWI Hall of Memories.

WELLINGTON

  • There will be a national Sunset Ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on 12th October.

CHRISTCHURCH

  • Christchurch Memorial RSA is planning to hold a commemorative parade and service with wreath laying at the Bridge of Remembrance on 12th October. They will also be placing 3,200 Fields of Remembrance crosses in the Park of Remembrance on the bank of the Avon adjacent to the Bridge of Remembrance from 1st October until 30th November to cover the period of Passchendaele, the sinking of HMS Marquette and Armistice Day 2017.

FOR MORE EVENTS COMMEMORATING PASSCHENDALE VISIT WW100

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.