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Waimakariri. Here is your chance to get
up close and personal with the Passchendaele story by visiting the Air Force
Museum at Wigram this month for the ‘Belgians Have Not Forgotten’ exhibition.
The Battle of Passchendaele, fought
between July 31 and November 10 in 1917, was the bloodiest of the entire First
There were in excess of 320,000 dead and
wounded on the Allied side alone, for a territorial gain of just eight
kilometres of ground before the battle finally ended.
Centenary commemorations are now underway
around the world.
This includes in Canterbury, where the
exhibition, devoted to the comradery, courage but ultimate futility of the
battle, opens at the Air Force Museum on Monday.
It runs until August 27 and is being
curated by the Waimakariri Passchendaele Trust.
The exhibition was created by the
Memorial Museum Passchendaele, with funding and support from the Federal
Government of Belgium, and is touring Australia and New Zealand as part of the
Photographs, movies, artwork and
artefacts from the battlefields illustrate the war experience.
“Not everyone can get to Belgium so this
[the exhibition] is an opportunity for the public to get along and learn a bit
more about a battle that played a major role in shaping the New Zealand war
experience,” Waimakariri Passchendaele Trust spokesperson Dave Adamson says.
“While Gallipoli rightly has a special
place in our hearts as our national day, and is the story our children learn as
their introduction to our military history, more of our soldiers actually died
on the western front than in Turkey.
“So it’s important we don’t forget the
sacrifice that New Zealanders made in Europe also. The Belgians certainly
As was the case for many other smaller communities
around the country, the area now known as Waimakariri did not escape the
tragedy of Passchendaele.
Our District is represented among the
nearly 12,000 soldiers buried at the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the
world, at Tyne Cot in Zonnebeke.
Eight hundred and forty six of those
died on one day alone, October 12, 1917, which is believed to be the most
killed on a single day in New Zealand military history.
By the end of
that day’s failed attack on the Bellevue Spur, 2740 Allied service men had been
killed or wounded.
It took two
and a half days to clear the battlefield of the dead and injured.
Companies from Rangiora and Kaiapoi were
among the Canterbury regiment that participated at Passchendaele, with seven
soldiers from those groups known to have lost their lives during the campaign.
It is believed likely that there were
others killed or wounded whose names were not recorded; such were the
difficulties of keeping detailed records in such a tumultuous situation.
The historic Waimakariri linkage with
Passchendaele was reinforced by the District’s ‘twinning’ with Zonnebeke; the
Belgian town on the battlefield, that is home to the Memorial Museum, in 2007.
Delegations from the two Districts have
visited each other since the twinning was formalised in 2007, and will do so
again before the centenary commemoration of the October 12 battle takes place
Have not Forgotten Exhibition
Tuesday 8 August
– Sunday 27 August 2017
10.00am – 5.00pm
Air Force Museum
of New Zealand
45 Harvard Ave,
Wigram, Christchurch 8042