Sunday, 23 October 2016

HE Dr. James KEMBER, NZ ambassador to France on Pilgrimage in Flanders

On 19 and 20 October 2016, HE Dr. James KEMBER, New Zealand Ambassador to France was on pilgrimage together with Mrs Allison KEMBER and the DA Captain RNZN Shaun Fogarty, MNZM and Mrs Foagrty to the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium.
Both Flanders have been visited because one cannot see history separated by today's border. During the war, the only border was the front line.

At the grave of Baroness de La Grange
On 19 October he visited the Somme, Longueval and Flers in the morning, Morbecque and La Motte au Bois in the afternoon. The NZ involvement at the Somme is well known, however Morbecque and La Motte au Bois are a forgotten page in history.
The Chateau of Baroness Ernest de La Grange has been a HQ for many units during WOI, including units and members of the ANZAC Corps and the NZ Division. Part of the (Maori) Pioneer Bn was also there working as foresters together with French, Australian and Canadian foresters.

In the early evening there was a visit to La Basseville (Comines-Warneton) and Messines.
the New Zealand Soldier in Messines

Photo Last Post Association
In the evening HE James KEMBER was the guest of honour under the Menin Gate where he read the Ode and was laying a wreath.

Photo Last Post Association

On 20 October they did a battlefield tour in the Passchendaele area with a visit of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Tyne Cot Cemetery, 's Graventafel, Wieltje, Frezenberg and Polygon Wood.
Memorial for the Missing Tyne Cot

At the grave of Captain Neville Arden on Tyne Cot

In the British trenches at MMP1917

In the  early evening there was a visit of Cité Bonjean Cemetery and a visit to the local museum of the UACA volunteers in Armentieres.
Paying respect to a fallen New Zealander

With volunteers of the UACA in their museum

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