Saturday, 22 October 2016

Hansen Family visits Flanders Fields

Kath and Stan Hansen with Dr. Ken Baker

On 12 October Kath and Stan Hansen came to visit the battlefields in Flanders, in the trail of their family members who came here and died on 12 October 1917.

You can read the story about the Hansen family here:

At noon quick lunch at St Jef
Kath and Stan are flanking the NZ Ambassador to Belgium Greg Andrews
Wilfred Hansen was killed on 04/10/1917, his name is on the memorial at Tyne Cot
Stan is paying his respect while the piper plays a lament

we have been helping with the research for the Hansen family. Since one year a team of about 5 people in Belgium and some friends in France have helped to search the history about Bert Hansen, the only NZ POW in WWI who escaped twice from the Germans. He has been helped by Belgians, most of them noble families in and around Brussels and people from the Walloon part of Belgium.
you can read the story here:

Dr Ken Baker has been very instrumental in the research helped by Mrs Dany Kohl, Mrs Claire Dujardin and Freddy Declerck who was organizing this battlefield tour and a small ceremony. The same day of this visit, there was a meeting with HE the Ambassador of New Zealand, the Defense Attaché, people from the embassy and people who came from New Zealand Defense and Foreign Affairs to discuss the events for next year in Zonnebeke/Passchendaele. In the morning the Hansen family was doing a battlefield tour, in the afternoon there was a visit of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 followed by an official ceremony at Tyne Cot Cemetery. The NZDA was MC and we had luck to have a bugler (Bart Degroote) and a piper (Guido Smeyers).

MMP1917 Director Steven Vandenbussche and Passchendaele Society Chairman Marc Bulckaen were representing Zonnebeke, the Museum and the Museum Volunteers.
At 's Graventafel memorial

The official guests from the Embassy and from New Zealand have been with us for this ceremony. The last visit of the afternoon was Polygon Wood. In the evening the group came together under the Menin Gate to close the day with the Last Post.

Archibald Cruller was killed on 12/10/1917, his name is on the memorial in Tyne Cot
HE Greg Andrews and Stan Hansen are laying a wreath for all the NZ victims

waiting for the ceremony, also MMP1917 and the Passchendaele Society were present.

Stan Hansen reading the names on the memorial for the missing

NZ officials under the Menin Gate

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