NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Liberation of Le Quesnoy centenary

When: 4 November 2018 Time: 11am

Where: New Zealand Memorial, Avenue des Néo Zélandais, Le Quesnoy, France

The Battle of Le Quesnoy in northern France on 4 November 1918 was one of New Zealand’s most important victories, but also the last. A few days after the liberation of the town, the Armistice ending the First World War was signed in Compiegne, France. The liberation of Le Quesnoy is still anchored in the memory of New Zealanders and the people of the town. 

The official commemoration to mark the centenary of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by the New Zealand Division will be held in the township on 4 November 2018. Organised in conjunction with the New Zealand Embassy Paris and the New Zealand Defence Force. Public welcome. Further details will be available by mid-2018.

The centenary will be also commemorated through a series of events leading up to 4 November and culminating in Armistice Day 2018 (details of the events are included in the FAQs below).

Frequently Asked Questions

Plan your trip

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What other commemorative events will be held in le Quesnoy around this centenary?
 
  • Friday 26 October 26 at 7pm: «Apollinaire, a poet in the Great War» lecture by Paul Raoult, honorary Senator and town councillor at Le Quesnoy. Venue: Salon d’Honneur, Hotel de Ville Le Quesnoy. With the support of the Le Quesnoy-New Zealand Association. Entrance: free.
  • 1-15 November: «Le Quesnoy 14-18: men, soldiers, a souvenir» exhibition presented by Gregory Chermeux, a local passionate about genealogy. Venue: La Maison Quercitaine de Nouvelle-Zélande, rue Thiers, Le Quesnoy. Official opening 31 October at 7pm. Hours: 1 November 10am-12pm/3-6pm. 4 November: 9am-10.30am/3-6pm. 8 November: 2-6pm. 11 November: 9am-10.30am/3-6pm. 5, 12 & 15 November: 10am-12pm/2-6pm. Entrance: free.
  • Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November: «France and New Zealand during the Great War» symposium organised by the town of Le Quesnoy and the University of Waikato. Simultaneous translation (Eng/Fr). Venue: Théâtre des 3 Chênes. Friday: 9am-12.30pm/2-6pm. Saturday: 9am-12.30pm. Price: 30€ (meal not included). Reservations by 20 October to service.culturel@lequesnoy.fr or tel: +33 (0)3 27 47 55 53.
  • Saturday 3 November at 5:30pm: «The Ladder - Heritage trail 1918-2018» itinerant performance by the Théâtre du Bimberlot company. Two performances: 5.30pm and 6.45pm. Rendezvous 15 minutes prior at the Théâtre des 3 Chênes. Duration: 1h30. Note: this event is both indoors and outdoors and includes some walking. Reservations: service.culturel@lequesnoy.fr or tel: +33 (0)3 27 47 55 53.
  • Sunday 4 November at 9.30am: remembrance mass at the church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption. Includes a performance by Voice of New Zealand choir. Entrance: free.
  • Sunday 4 November at 11am: official commemoration to mark the centenary of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by the New Zealand Division. Organised in conjunction with the New Zealand Embassy Paris and the New Zealand Defence Force. Public welcome. Further details will be available by mid-2018.
  • Sunday 4 November at 2.30pm: unveiling of «Victory Medal» sculpture by New Zealand artist, Helen Pollock. Followed by the opening of the future site of the memorial museum. Venue: 7-9 rue Achille Carlier. Entrance: free.
  • Sunday 4 November at 3pm: «Remembrance Day» guided tour in French & English. A 1.5km circuit suitable for families and school children. Duration: 1h30. Price: 3€ per person. Reservations: infotourisme@cc-paysdemormal.fr or through the Le Quesnoy Tourism Office tel: +33 (0)3 27 20 54 70.
  • Wednesday 7 November at 8pm: «Music from the other side of the world» concert honouring the twin towns. With the Cambridge Brass Band and the municipal harmony of Le Quesnoy. Duration: 1h30. Venue: Théâtre des 3 Chênes. Entrance: free.
  • Sunday 11 November 11 at 11am: official centenary commemoration of the Armistice. Organised by the town of Le Quesnoy. Rendezvous: place Leclerc.
  • Sunday 11 November 11: «Remembrance Day» guided tour in French & English. A 1.5km circuit suitable for families and school children. Duration: 1h30. Price: 3€ per person. Reservations: infotourisme@cc-paysdemormal.fr or through the Le Quesnoy Tourism Office tel: +33 (0)3 27 20 54 70.

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