New Zealand troops broke into Le Quesnoy by climbing the town walls with ladders (Photo: Henry Armytage Sanders Ref: 1/2-013791-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)

New Zealand events marking Le Quesnoy Centenary

Posted on on 16 September 2018
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New Zealand has announced more details of events taking place in France on November 4 to commemorate the centenary of its last major action of the First World War.

The town of Le Quesnoy, near the Belgian border, was liberated on 4 November 1918 in an attack using ladders to scale the 17th century ramparts.

On the 100th anniversary, there will be a national commemorative service and Last Post ceremony in Le Quesnoy, also a remembrance mass at the church of Notre- Dame de l’Assomption.

The events are open to the public. For details of these, and other cultural and educational commemorations marking the Centenary, see WW100 New Zealand & Le Quesnoy Centenaire.

The programme also includes the unveiling of 'Victory Medal' - a sculpture by artist Helen Pollock - on the future site of a New Zealand Memorial Museum.

Le Quesnoy fell as the last British and French-led offensives began on the River Sambre, pushing German forces back into Belgium in the days leading up to the Armistice on November 11.

Source: WW100 New Zealand

Images: Henry Armytage Sanders -  Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association:New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918. Ref: 1/2-013791-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, /records/22855444. No known copyright restrictions

Posted by: CN Editorial Team