Holiday in the Somme - New Zealand Memorial

At the end of October 2013 I went on holiday to the Somme region of France with my family.

We stayed in a gite in the quiet village of Carnoy.

While we were there we visited many sites associated with The Great War of 1914 - 1918.

 

The monument marks the place where troops from New Zealand joined the Battle of the Somme on Friday 15 September 1916 after service in Egypt and Gallipoli.

The memorial contains the names of 1272 New Zealanders who lost their lives during the fighting of 1916.

Out of a population of less than 1 million people the New Zealand Expeditionary Force suffered 54,483 casualties, of which 18,166 died.  Fighting on the Western Front in Belgium and France alone claimed 12,483 lives.

         

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