GO TO DIFFERENT NEWSPAPER
North Harbour News : April 18th 2014
Auckland’s most powerful media NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of Friday, April 18, 2014 Passchendaele the final resting place The remains of dozens of New Zealand soldiers still lie beneath the earth at Passchendaele, Belgium, nearly a century after they fell. Many, if eventually found, may never be identified. Hundreds of others lie in military cemeteries nearby. These men, and comrades who survived, took part in the Third Battle of Ypres, in World War I. The battle was fought over land near the town of Passchendaele. The first two Ypres battles were fought in the wider area earlier in the war. The Passchendaele offensive was planned to force a breakthrough of the German lines. The main fighting began on July 31, 1917. It did not finish until British Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig called it off, on November 10. Meanwhile heavy rain in the early winter turned the land into an almost impassable quagmire. The New Zealanders were part of large British and Empire forces that massed for the battle. They joined in the assault on enemy lines after a long artillery barrage had dug up the mud even further. Nearly 500 New Zealanders were killed while charging German troops on October 4. Another 850 were killed in another charge eight days later. Such numbers, for a small country, represented one of the greatest disasters of the war. Some small gains were made at Passchendaele but the overall result left both sides in similar deadlocked positions to where they had started. That so little was achieved at such indescribable cost brought condemnation on British army commanders. Military historians to this day make harsh judgments about Passchendaele. 808,000 readers 15+ Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011–Q2 2012 Young battlers:Someof the soldiers killed in the Passchendaele battle were just teenagers. Putting WWI into our focus By KARINA ABADIA IT’S HARD to believe that many of the men who died in the battle of Passchendaele were in their late teens. Passchendaele Society president Iain MacKenzie says people often don’t realise how young some of the soldiers were. That’s one of the reasons why it’s important the younger generation are aware of the sacrifices that were made at the World War I battle, he says. The Passchendaele Society is partnering with education travel company Student Horizons to take a group of students to the old battleground in Belgium for the centenary of the campaign on October 12, 2017. Student Horizons manag- ing director Jamie Wansey says the collaboration fits the company objectives well. ‘‘As per the name we’re about broadening the horizons of young people. It seemed like there was an opportunity where both organisations could benefit from forming a relationship. ‘‘Learning by doing is what it’s all about. Getting out to see different parts of the world and especially parts of the world where New Zealanders have played a key role is incredibly important.’’ A competition will deter- Many young people know about Gallipoli and the Anzacs but few know about other World War I major battles, Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says. She would like to see more recognition for campaigns like Passchendaele. Parfitt is going on a family Go to northharbournews.co.nz to watch the video which won last year’s Why don’t we remember the Battle of Passchendaele? competition. Preserving history: Student Horizons managing director Jamie Wansey, Passchendaele Society vice president Chris Mullane and president Iain MacKenzie have signed an agreement to send students to Passchendaele for the World War1 commemoration of the battle in 2017. mine who the 30 to 40 lucky students are, but the details are yet to be decided, Passchendaele Society vice president Chris Mullane says. The society also engages with young people through the annual Ministry of Veterans Affairs Multi Media Competition entitled Why Don’t We Remember The Battle of Passchendaele? Fairfax Media, publisher of the North Harbour News, ran a similar contest in 2012 and 2013. The top five entrants were chosen to lay a wreath at the 95th anniversary service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum commemorative service. MacKenzie says the New Zealand contribution to the battle is something to be proud of. ‘‘Young people who are struggling to find their identity should realise the proud history that this country has. Ask the people of Belgium what they think. If they went to Pass- Photo: KARINA ABADIA chendaele just off the cuff, they’d be likely to find a New Zealand flag sticking out of a window somewhere. There’s still that gratitude that we don’t really acknowledge.’’ ❚ Go to stuff.co.nz and search Last Post, First Light to find out more about war commemorations. +FREE FUN trip to Ypres in Belgium in late October to commemorate her grandfather, Walter Stevenson of the Queen’s Horse Guards, who was killed there. She is also on the Auckland Council World War I centenary commemorations steering committee helping support activities around the region. That includes upgrades of cenotaphs, war graves and memorials and the development of a WWI heritage trial. A research guide is being developed to help Aucklanders find information about people who served in the war. Auckland libraries also have information and displays relating to the centenary. Some information can be gained through Papers Past, a digitalised database of newspapers and Local History Online. Open Friday 3 Saturday 3 Sunday 3 Monday 3 NO CAFE SURCHARGE - ALL EASTER WEEKEND VISIT YOUR LOCAL KINGS TODAY PH: O800 PLANTS (752 687) www.kings.co.nz FOR THE KIDS Join our Easter Egg Hunt - and enter our “Emperor’s New Clothes”colouring competition. Specials end 30 April 2014 or while stocks last.
April 11th 2014