Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Pilgrimage of Sir Peter Jackson 2016

With Sir Peter in the trenches of MMP1917.
In good old Kiwi style tradition he's walking barefoot.

The grandfather of Sir Peter Jackson was with the 2 South Wales Borderers in the 29th Division when he was wounded on the July 1st 1916. He was out for a couple of months but once recovered he came back to his unit who was in Flanders that time.. In 1917 he was fighting in the Battle of Langemarck, the Battle of Broodseinde and the Battle of Poelcapelle during the Battle of Passchendaele.
Sir Peter made this pilgrimage to the Somme to find out exactly where his grandfather was wounded. But first he wanted to pay a visit to the Battlefields of Flanders where not only his grandfather was in 1917, but also where his great uncle was missing during 2ndYpres on 8 May 1915. He invited his uncle Frank (90 years) and two cousins to come with him.
The New Zealand Pilgrimage Trust had the honour to help them during their visits to places of interest for New Zealanders and people of Wales.
Polygone Wood Cemetery
We know Sir Peter since a couple of years and it is always a pleasure to host him.
Monday we have been on the 1915 places of interest for him and his family, yesterday we have been in Messines and the MMP1917 in Zonnebeke and today we did a battlefield tour. the rest of the week will be in Northern France and the Somme.
It was nice to hear that he loves the Memorial Museum Passchendaele (he was already visiting in 2014 , see: ) and made a promise to come back.
Making local friends

A picture of Tommeke

And a selfie

Logo New Zealand Pilgrimage Trust

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