Saturday, 26 April 2014

New Song from Paul Turner New Zealand

It is most likely that this poem was the product of a joint effort among soldiers on the troopship Maunganui as they travelled to Egypt to join the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War. The collections of Herbert Spencer Rutherford and Albert George Turner include handwritten copies of this poem. Both men embarked from Wellington on 8 January 1916 and were attached to the 9th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company. At La Basseville, Belgium on 31 July 1917 during fierce fighting, Turner 10/3762 suffered a severe gunshot wound to the chest and Rutherford 10/3728 was killed.

ANZAC Day in Christchurch

Past Honorary Consul for Belgium Michael Petterson and Major Brendan Wood, good friends of us at the Dawn Service in Christchurch
Here you wil see a piece of film footage about the Belgium wreath laying in Christchurch. Honorary Citizen of Zonnebeke Jo Kane is doing the "job" together with Past Honorary Consul for Belgium Michael Petterson. Apologies for the bad quality of the film but it is second hand done from TV by IPhone.

Friday, 25 April 2014

ANZAC DAY in Belgium 2014

 Polygon Wood , Zonnebeke 25 April 2004

For the first time more then 1000 people attend the ceremony.
For the first time we've got children and students attending. The foundation has been made, now they can start building the real commemoration service for future generations.
For the first time there was also a Defence contingent from Australia and New Zealand
Well done!