NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Publication of La Basse-Ville 1917: New Zealand Voices from Flanders Fields

Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in Belgium, where more than 1000 NZ soldiers were killed between mid-June to the end of August 1917.

The author with her book in front of the panel 'Basseville' at the Memorial Museum in Auckland

Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in Belgium. Over 12 years she worked to bring understanding and closure to the families of the more than 1000 soldiers from the New Zealand Division, killed between mid-June to the end of August 1917, in a small hamlet called La Basse-Ville. Her unique book sheds light on how the war affected all people.

This book provides in-depth information based on many sources in New Zealand and Belgium like archives, books written just after the war and many interviews with descendants of the soldiers who were involved. It also put the information in the right historical context and wants to make the military language understandable for everyone. New Zealand soldiers died in the attempt to gain La Basse-Ville, which much later turned out to have been a decoy, decided by the British Army. 

For more details contact labasseville1917@gmail.com. The author is available for talks.

This activity is being worked on from
21 April 2016
 to 
11 Nov 2018
Date added: 23 March 2017 | Last updated: 27 March 2017
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