Sunday, 30 October 2011

Belgian Consul in Christchurch awarded with Belgian Order of the Crown

Lieve Bierque, Belgian Consul in Christchurch , has been awarded with the Belgian Order of the Crown for her effort to help the Belgian Citizens in and around Christchurch  during the earthquake and the after shocks.
Despite the fact that her house was badly damaged and she and her husband Gavin had to reside at the home of their friends, she did whatever was possible to help them all.
We are very pleased Lieve has been awarded. As you can see, the Belgians have not forgotten!
Thanks Lieve for the good work you're doing!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Visitors from Christchurch

Today and yesterday I was on the Battlefield with Patrick and Ella Duggan.
Patrick is since years Parade Marshal at the ANZAC service in Christchurch. There we met for the first time in 2009.  He is also the author of "What have they done to the rain" (see http://www.kukupapress.com/ ).
Patrick is a veteran who served in Vietnam.

He was here in the trail of his great-uncle MANN CHARLES ELDRICH, Charles was a New Zealand Lance Corporal in the Otago Regiment and he was missed in action on  27/11/1917, during the preparation of the attack on Polderhoek Chateau (03/12/1917). He is one of the 3.000 NZ soldiers that have been lost during the winter of 1917-1918 in the Polygon Wood sector.

We have been together for two days and have done everything we could in this short time to see all the places of interest.


Patrick and Ella at 's Graventafel Paschendaele 14/10/2011
  

Patrick sticking a RSA poppy next to the name of his great-uncle who's commemorated at the Memorial for the Missing New Zealanders at Butte's New Cemetery.
Patrick was giving two New Zealand WWI badges from Kevin Brown JP - President  of RSA Kaiapoi - as a gift for the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. They will be on display from next year on in the museum extension.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The 94th anniversary of New Zealands bloodiest day

A tiny flax cross with  a RSA poppy at 's Graventafel near Belle Vue to commemorate today the ultimate sacrifice of those who came from the Uttermost Ends of the Earth
 
Today, I was there alone. I hope one day, we will be many to commemorate.
Rendez vous next year at 11 AM !


Lest it be forgot