NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

New Zealand to mark final major action of the First World War at Le Quesnoy in national commemoration

01 November 2018

Pukeahu Wreath

On Sunday 4 November the National Commemoration to mark the centenary of the Battle of Le Quesnoy will be held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

The historic fortified French town of Le Quesnoy, under German occupation from 1914, was liberated by the New Zealand Division on 4 November 1918.

The Battle of Le Quesnoy formed part of a much bigger offensive, with around 140 New Zealanders dying as a result of action on 4 November 1918, about 80 of whom belonged to the Rifle Brigade.

“The liberation of Le Quesnoy continues to resonate with New Zealanders and French alike,” WW100 Director, Sarah Davies says.

“To this day, the town of Le Quesnoy continues to mark the important role New Zealand had in its history. Streets are named after New Zealand places, there is a New Zealand memorial and a primary school bears the name of a New Zealand soldier."

This was one of the last major battles for New Zealand soldiers before the Armistice was called only a week later.

The National Commemoration will take place inside the Hall of Memories at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on 4 November 2018. It will be attended by Hon Mark, Minister of Defence, representing the Government and Ambassador of France, HE Mrs Carta-Le Vert. The ceremony is open to the public. People are advised to arrive early and be seated by 10.45am.

A live stream of the ceremony will be available from 11am, available to view on the WW100 website and Facebook page.

Notes

Media are welcome to attend the event.

Please register your attendance with Kasey Butler, Senior Communications Advisor, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage by midday Friday 2 November with your name, position and media outlet and contact details.

All media are requested to arrive at the Hall of Memories by 10.30am

Find out more about The Battle of Le Quesnoy on NZ History

The Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails – WW100 legacy

One of the Government’s First World War centenary legacy projects The Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails give users a greater understanding of New Zealand’s involvement in the Great War. Specifically the aim was to provide an enhanced visitor and learning experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front for both those interested in, or unaware of, the New Zealand story. The trail includes the actual locations where New Zealand soldiers fought and includes an app with travel guides, audio tours, personal stories, thematic articles and visual material.

Experience the trails online

For further information please contact: Kasey Butler, Senior Communications Advisor, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage: kasey.butler@mch.govt.nz or 027 641 6387.

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