Anzac Day commemorations

Unknown NZ solider, Caterpillar Valley, Longueval.

If you attending an Anzac Day ceremony, we recommend you read the latest Travel advisory for France(external link).

In metropolitan France, Anzac Day ceremonies are held every year in Le Quesnoy, Flers and Longueval, on the nearest Sunday to 25 April. Our next Anzac Day commemorations will be held on Sunday 27 April 2025.

Le Quesnoy 11am

Visitors are welcome to join locals for the annual procession departing at 11am from the Place du Général Leclerc to the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial. Wreaths are laid at the New Zealand Memorial then at the French Memorial in the town centre.

Directions: To get to Le Quesnoy from Paris: take the autoroute A1 north, following the signs for Valenciennes/Bruxelles. As you approach Valenciennes, take the motorway exit marked "Maubeuge/Le Quesnoy". Follow the signs on the N4 then the D934 to Le Quesnoy. Estimated travel time from Paris: 2h30. There are also trains from Paris (Gare du Nord) to Le Quesnoy via Valenciennes or Lille.

→ While you are in Le Quesnoy, you may wish to visit the Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension(external link) where 50 New Zealand soldiers from the First World War are buried, and the Te Arawhata - Liberation Museum(external link)


Flers 2.30pm and Longueval 3pm

Anzac Day continues with two ceremonies in the Somme, beginning at Flers at 2.30pm with a wreath laying at the commemorative plaque (next to the church), then moves to the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial at Longueval at 3pm. Participants then stop at the French Memorial before gathering for afternoon tea at the Longueval community hall. Visitors are welcome to attend all these moments.

Directions: To get to Longueval from Paris: take the autoroute A1 north, following the signs for Valenciennes/Bruxelles. Take exit n°13.1 to Albert. Go through the toll gate, take the second exit onto the D938 towards Albert/Bray-sur-Somme/Curlus/Combles. Turn right onto the D197 to Longueval (just before Maricourt). With Delville Wood on your right, fork left onto rue du Calvaire (partial dirt road) which leads to the New Zealand Memorial(external link).

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→ Take the opportunity while you are in Longueval to visit Caterpillar Valley cemetery(external link) where 125 New Zealand soldiers are buried. The cemetery also contains a memorial to those men of the New Zealand Division (1,205 in total) who were killed in the Battles of the Somme in 1916 and whose bodies were never found. At Lot 14, Row A, Grave 27 you will find the headstone of an unknown New Zealand soldier, whose remains were repatriated to Wellington in 2004 and laid to rest within the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Pukeahu National War Memorial. 

The cemetery is on the D20 (route de Bazentin), 1km west of Longueval on the south side of the road to Contalmaison.


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