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100th Anniversary of the Battle of Messines - National Ceremony

A remembrance ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington at 11 am on 7 June 2017 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines.

Messines refers to a ridge south of the town of Ypres (Ieper today) captured by 12 British, Australian and New Zealand divisions on 7 June 1917. Thanks to careful planning, the capture of Messines Ridge was a stunning success and paved the way for the main attack later in the summer by removing German forces from the dominating ground on the southern face of the Ypres Salient. New Zealand suffered 3,000 casualities and 700 deaths at Messines (Mesen today).

A recording of a live stream of the ceremony can be viewed below and on WW100's Facebook page.

Download the ceremony's official programme (PDF, 1.67 MB)

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7 June 2017
Date added: 23 March 2017 | Last updated: 26 October 2017
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