1917 Battle of Broodseinde


4th October 1917

The New Zealand Division won a comprehensive victory and then suffered its single costliest assault in two successive battles in early October 1917.

Battle of Passchndeale map
Original All Blacks team photo
Dave Gallaher and the Original All Blacks

The New Zealand Division took part in the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917, tasked with seizing part of the Broodseinde Ridge called Gravenstafel Spur. On that day the New Zealand soldiers overwhelmed German forward positions, captured 1100 prisoners and helped to extend the front line eastwards, as indicated by the thick purple broken line. This was achieved at a cost the Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 492 deaths on the 4th October.

One of the dead was Dave Gallaher, captain of the 1905 "The Originals" All Blacks. He lies in the Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium. 

The British high command mistakenly concluded that the relative ease with which the Broodseinde Ridge had been won meant enemy resistance was faltering. It resolved to make a further push for Passchendaele Ridge on 12 October.

For more information:

Massacre at Passchendaele / Glyn Harper 2000
Passchendaele, the anatomy of a tragedy / Andrew Macdonald 2013

Read more on NZHistory

The Roll of Honour lists the names of those who died in October 1917
A list of those men honoured in a Field of Remembrance at Eden Park may accessed HERE


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.