This National Field of named White Crosses commemorate the individuals who fought and gave their lives in World War One. We honour the service and sacrifice given 100 years ago.
I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.
King George V, Flanders, 1922
|Take a virtual tour of the Field HERE - thanks to Eden Park Trust
|Top Tips for collecting a cross!
- Did your relative die in the war? If not - wonderful! But there won't be a cross.
- Know the year they died (Lists below will help). The Field is divided by year. 1918 is closest to the Museum, then 1917, 1916 and 1915 is at the bottom.
- Did two or more from your family die in the war - check the Brothers Field (lists below)
- Their service number helps to identify them.
- Be patient - the crosses are not in any particular order - it takes time to find them.
- Got your cross - take it home! Nothing else is required.
- Lift crosses carefully by the upright - not the cross
- If the cross has flowers, photos, mementos attached - there is someone else attached to your man - introduce yourself - you are relatives.
There are 18,277 white cross each bearing the name of a New Zealander who lost their life in World War I.
1915 You can download a list of the names of those in this section of the Field HERE
In this field we commemorate those who died in 1914 and 1915. There were few losses in 1914, mainly those who served with British forces. The bulk of those in this field were killed in the Gallipoli campaign (2779 lives lost).
1916 You can download a list of the names of those in this section of the Field HERE
In this field we commemorate those who died in 1916 New Zealand forces were now fighting on the Western Front with
603 were killed 15 September 1916 in the Battle of the Somme.
1917 You can download a list of the names of those in this section of the Field HERE
In this field you will find the 846 young men who were killed on the morning of the 12th October - Passchendaele - New Zealand's darkest day.
1918 You can download a list of the names of those in this section of the Field HERE
In this field you will find those that died in 1918 but also those who died of wounds inflicted or disease contracted while on active service up to 30 August 1921.
The Brothers Field
This field is commemorates the families who lost more than one child. The Field is divided into families who lost two members; three members and four members.
Take a virtual tour of this field HERE thanks to Eden Park Trust.
You can download a list of the names of Two Brothers in this section HERE
And for families who lost three and four children HERE