The Battle of the Somme was New Zealand's first major engagement on the Western Front. It took a huge toll on the 15,000 members of the New Zealand Division who were involved. Roughly one in seven of the division who fought on the Somme was killed, and about four in every ten were wounded. More than 2000 New-Zealanders lie buried on what was once the battlefield of the Somme.
Over half of the members of the New Zealand Division who died on the Somme have no known grave. The names of over 1200 men are inscribed on the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, west of the village of Longueval.
ANZAC Day commemorations
ANZAC Day commemorations are held every year at the New Zealand Memorials in Longueval. The next Anzac Day ceremony in Longueval will take place on Saturday 21 April 2018 at 15h00 at the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial.
Visitors are welcome to attend. A free shuttle will depart from the Longueval town centre at 14h00 and return after the ceremony. Strictly no parking on site.
No inscription or registration is needed to attend the ceremony, but any school groups wishing to participate are asked to contact the New Zealand Embassy in Paris.
For more information, please visit the website of the New Zealand Embassy.