NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Battle of Passchendaele Centenary

When: 12 October 2017 Time: 11 a.m.

Where: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Vijfwegestraat, Zonnebeke, Belgium

The New Zealand National Commemoration for the Battle of Passchendaele will take place at Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Zonnebeke at 11 a.m. This is the largest Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in the world. It contains 520 New Zealand graves and further New Zealanders are listed on the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in the Battles of Passchendaele. 

The day will conclude with a sunset ceremony in Buttes New British Cemetery in Polygon Wood (exact time will be confirmed closer to the day). The New Zealand Memorial to the Missing for those 388 New Zealanders who were killed in the vicinity of Polygon Wood between September 1917 and May 1918 and who have no known grave is located within this cemetery. The cemetery has 95 known New Zealand graves. There are, however, over 1600 unknown soldiers buried in this cemetery.

Access to these commemorations is not balloted – they are open to anyone wishing to commemorate New Zealand’s military service during the First World War regardless of nationality.


Information for groups

Leaders of groups attending the New Zealand Battle of Passchendaele commemorations are encouraged to assist with planning for the centenary commemorations being held in Belgium on 12 October 2017. Having advance knowledge of the size of groups planning to attend the commemorations will assist planners with movement logistics and event timings.

Leaders of groups, such as tour, family and school groups, can contact the organisers by emailing commemorations@nzdf.mil.nz with the following information:

  • Name of group
  • How many people are in the group

This information will be used by the organisers for logistics planning only. Access to these commemorations is not balloted – they are open to anyone wishing to commemorate New Zealand’s military service during the First World War regardless of nationality.

Private vehicles will not have direct access to either Tyne Cot Cemetery or Buttes New British Cemetery for the two commemorations on 12 October. More information regarding parking and shuttles to the venues will be made available in the FAQS of this page when confirmed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Plan your trip

The Ngā Tapuwae First World War Trails website and app can help you plan your trip. Visit the website and download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play.

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