Herb Farrant on the Battle of Passchendaele

Unknown Soldier Grave

8 September 2017 6:30pm
Remuera Library

Come and hear Herb Farrant, President of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, talk about the run up to the Battle for Passchendaele, New Zealand’s darkest day, and the proposed New Zealand Museum at Le Quesnoy, France on the Western Front.

Herb presented to us in 2014 on the impact of the outbreak of WW1 on New Zealanders and their expectations, covering the main events (Samoa, Gallipoli, Western Front & Sinai & Palestine)and their Legacy today, and in 2016 on the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front. Both talks were very informative and very moving.

The town of Le Quesnoy in France has a special bond with the New Zealanders who came from the “uttermost ends of the earth” to defend them.

On the 12th of October 1917, 846 young New Zealanders were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, with many more to die over the coming days from the wounds received on this one day. By the end of the day the total number of casualties, the wounded, the dead and the missing was 2,740, including about 10 Remuera men who are buried nearby.

Light refreshments provided.

Price: Free for members; $10 for non-members.