|rainbow over Tyne Cot during the short ceremony|
|wreath laying Berks Cemetery Extension|
Ambassador Greg Andrews was with his staff from the Brussels NZ Embassy with the Prime Ministers delegation.
The Prime Minister paid his respect to his forebears at Berks Cemetery Extension in Ploegsteert (Comines-Warneton/Komen-Waasten), the NZ Battlefield Memorial in Messines/Mesen, the Menin Gate in Ieper/Ypres and at the Memorial for the Missing New Zealanders on Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke/Passchendaele.
|LanceCpl Clare was 48 when he died|
|The PM paid his respect to LanceCpl Clare|
|Messines New Zealand Battlefield Memorial|
|Tyne Cot Cemetery|
In June 1917 they took Messines and in October, during the 2nd phase of the Battle of Passchendaele they took ‘s Graventafel but in an attempt to take Belle Vue height on 12 October they suffered 2,700 casualties in less than four hours. 846 men died that day. In the winter of 1917-1918 the New Zealanders have been in Polygon Wood in Zonnebeke. They lost 3,000 men during this winter.
|the PM with the Belgian MNZM's|
|handing over of the wreath on behalf of the People of New Zealand|
|after the wreath laying|
|under the Menin Gate|
|with the buglers|
|the Memorial for the Missing New Zealanders, Tyne Cot|
|the PM with Mayor Dirk Sioen from Zonnebeke at Tyne Cot|
There will be other events around those dates, also on 4 October 2017, but 7 June and 12 October are the official New Zealand commemoration days.
(c) Photography Dominique Bascour - merci Dominique