Western Front focus highlights New Zealand / European relationship
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's focus for the First World War centenary is moving to the story of New Zealand on the Western Front.
23 and 24 April
France: There will be a New Zealand National service at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval on 23 April, and a New Zealand Dawn Service at Le Quesnoy on 24 April.
United Kingdom: Our Anzac Day services in London will especially remember the 100th Anzac Day (first commemorated in London in 1916).
Belgium: There will be a joint Belgium/Australia/New Zealand Dawn Service at the Buttes New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, and a New Zealand National Anzac Day service at the New Zealand memorial to the Missing at Mesen/Messines as well as a New Zealand presence at Last Post services at Menin Gate.
United Kingdom: New Zealand will have an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of Brockenhurst, the first New Zealand hospital opened in the United Kingdom during the First World War.
France: There will be a New Zealand service at the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval to mark the centenary of New Zealand’s involvement in the Battle of the Somme. It was near here on Friday 15 September 1916 that the New Zealand Division joined the Battle of the Somme. We will also remember the support New Zealand received from some of our close Pacific Island nations during this time.
Details of these and other international First World War commemorative events will be available closer to the time.
More information about New Zealand’s role on the Western Front is available on the WW100 website (external link)