Thursday, 18 January 2018

New Zealand Brigadiers visit the Western Front in Belgium

Brigadier Chris Parsons, the new New Zealand Defence Attaché at the High Commission in London, visited Flanders on 17 January 2018 with his predecessor, Brigadier Evan Williams, and Navy Captain Shane Arndell, the Defence Attaché for Belgium and France.

Brigadier Chris Parsons (centre), Brigadier Evan Williams (right) and Navy Captain Shane Arndell (left)

They came to introduce Brigadier Chris Parsons  and Brigadier Evan Williams to say goodbye to the many  friends he has here in Belgium.

at Railway wood where the NZ Division was during the winter 17/18 was a fresh sinkhole from a collapsed tunnel

Frezenberg Site, very good point to start the Battle of Passchendaele tour

They did a battlefield tour in the trail of the New Zealanders from June 17 till April/May 1918.

They went to Messines, Comines-Warneton, La Basseville, Plugstreet, Wijtschate, Passchendaele, Polygon Wood, Ieper and Kemmel.

In the evening there was a wreath laying at the Menin Gate. H.E. Gregory Andrew, Ambassador for New Zealand in Belgium came to the Westhoek to thank Brigadier Evan Williams for all the work and the support he has given for the many commemoration events.
H.E. the Ambassador with the Defence Attaché

the NZ Brigadiers

It was for Brigadier Chris Parsons also the first time that he could visit the grave of a member of his family at Passchendaele New British Cemetery and pay his respect. Of course several cemeteries and memorials have been visited.

@ Passchendaele New British
visiting family, paying respect!
We wish Brigadier Chris Parsons an excellent time in Europe and for Brigadier Evan Williams we thank him for his support and friendship and we wish him all the best for his new job in Wellington New Zealand.

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