New Zealand troops move down a corduroy road near Gravenstafel, early on the morning of 4 October 1917, at the start of the New Zealand Division's involvement in the Third Ypres offensive. Image courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: 1/2-012938-G
|During the First World War major "set-piece" battles resulted in significant losses and peaks in the casualty numbers. The soldiers called these "stunts" or "big pushes".
The Battle of Chunuk Bair August 1915 - 1,331 lives were lost.
The Battle of The Somme September 1916 - 1,916 lives were lost.
The Battle of Messines June 1917 - 1,275 lives were lost.
The Battle of Broodseinde 4 October 1917
Battle of Passchendaele 12 October 1917
October 1917 was the darkest of all months with two major battles accounting for 1,996 live lost.
The names of the fallen are listed on our Roll of Honour - it is being updated with each month's casualties.