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The New Zealand Division took part in its first major action in two of the twelve Battles of the Somme, the Battle of of Bazentin Ridge, 14-17 July and the Battle of Delville Wood, 15 July - 3 September 1916.
My great uncle is commemorated on the memorial wall at this cemetery.
The cemetery looks as though it is on a raised dais.
It is kept tidy by the CWGC.
It is in a quiet areas and you can see the valley on both sides....More
The New Zealanders got touched up at Gallipoli like everyone else and landed in France some 15000 strong ! In just 3 weeks of fighting they lost approx 7000 of these men but in true Kiwi spirit they rose above and got to the end...More
Beautiful cemetery in the depth of Caterpillar Valley. This place has seen some fierce fighting during the Somme campaign. Information found in the registers present at all CWGC sites teaches you about what happend in that specific location.
Sadly many of my countrymen are buried here and in many other places in Northern France & Belgium. It was with respect that I travelled from New Zealand nearly 100 years from when the battle started on the Somme.
The body of the unknown warrior...More
A sobering experience that was well worth the visit off the beaten track. Rows of well maintained headstones mark the graves of British and allied soldiers who died on the western front in WWI, many of whom are unknown. This site is a great reminder...More