Saturday, 24 May 2014

Sir Peter Jackson in MMP1917

This week on Tuesday 20 May we've got the honor to welcome Sir Peter Jackson in Zonnebeke and Passchendaele area.

Sir Peter Jackson is very well known as one of New Zealand's best-known film-makers (J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, which has won numerous awards. He stayed with the Tolkien fantasy brand with The Hobbit ).

He was here with his uncle and 2 cousins for a private two-days family visit.
He has been here before in search of the place where his great-uncle was killed in action during the gas attack in May 1915.
This time he asked for a local guide to find the exact place where his great-uncle was killed and where his body was lost during the war.
It was a very nice and pleasant day for all of us because we could help him and his family to locate the almost exact place (today it's cropland and the farmer was very cooperative). We don't want to mention the exact place because we don't want people to go to that particular spot and disturb the farmer. It is also the last resting place of many soldiers who died
After we discovered the place there was a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery and around 04.30 pm we visited the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
Sir Peter with uncle and his two cousins in the New Zealand anchor point in MMP1917

Sir Peter is also a member of the W100 committee in New Zealand.

In the evening they attend the ceremony at the Menin Gate. The next day they have gone back to the farm where the body was lost and after that they visited Messines/Mesen.

Thank you Sir Peter for this emotional battlefield experience with your 89 year old uncle !