|HE Gregory Andrews|
An Army Corps was a military unit that consisted of four Divisions; one of those was the New Zealand Division.
The Cyclist Corps soldiers were part of II ANZAC but not
|the Mayor of Heuvelland digging up the cobblestone|
of the New Zealand Division.
|Liz Southey with Griet Langedock|
|The NZDF Maori Cultural Group|
On 14 April the Germans’ successful advance on Nieuwkerke saw the cyclists reinforced by infantry retreating from this battle. The cyclists stayed in this line until 18 April when they were relieved by a French cavalry unit.
|Blessing of cobblestone and wood|
Twelve NZ cyclists were awarded the Military Medal for their gallantry during the Kemmel / Vierstraat actions – including Sergeant F. C. Matthews, who was killed at Marfaux three months later.
|Roger Dungan with Liz Southey (her father was a member of the NZCC)|
|Dirk Vanhove from Cycling New Zealand|
The trophy was presented to New Zealand on the evening of November 9 at an event in Heule/Kortrijk. It was handed over to the New Zealand Ambassador Gregory Andrews and the well-known New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer.
Ngati Ranana members blessed the art-work before it left Belgium for its trip to New Zealand.
They also performed a haka to thank the organisers and all involved for such a great work in honouring and commemorating the New Zealand Cyclist Corps. The pictures you are seeing are from October 2017 when the cobblestone has been taken from Mt. Kemmel and has been blessed by the NZDF Maori Cultural Group.
You can read more (in Dutch) and see a picture of the handing over from H.E. Gregory Andrews to Jack Bauer: http://www.gent-wevelgem.be/nl/voorstelling-80ste-editie
you can see a film about it here: ytgent_wevelgem