Passchendaele Centenary Commemorations at the Pukeahu National War Memorial

Historian Ian Mc Gibbon investigated the true death toll in the fields of Flanders

Historian Ian Mc Gibbon investigated the true death toll in the fields of Flanders

Speaking at a centenary service commemorating the actions, valour and commitment of the Kiwis, William said newsreels may have described them as ordinary men and women but "there was nothing ordinary about their service or their sacrifice".

Today's commemoration marks the centenary of 12 October 1917, a date which became known at the "darkest day" for New Zealand's armed forces. "These tragic campaigns contributed to New Zealand having the highest per capita loss of life of any country during WW1".

At Tyne Cot cemetery near the town of Ypres in Flanders, the Duke was welcomed by representatives of the New Zealand government and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which has responsibility for the burial space.

William will attend the national commemoration service during which he will give an address on behalf of the Queen and lay a wreath at the New Zealand Memorial Wall to the Missing.

"We owe it to the memory of the thousands of New Zealanders who died under horrendous conditions on the Western Front in places like Passchendaele to value the freedom, liberty and justice they fought for and to constantly strive for peace so as to avoid repeats of such tragic conflicts in future".

There will also be a ceremonial welcome from the Maori Cultural Group of the New Zealand Defence Force.

A plaque inscribed with the Battle of Passchendaele is in parliament, Mr Carter said, and is a ready reminder of the solemn duty he and his colleagues undertake.

"The huge losses New Zealand suffered on the Western Front during World War 1 exceeded those for all other battles and all other wars, with Passchendaele being the worst".

During the month the New Zealand Division was engaged at Passchendaele, about 1900 soldiers died and another 4100 were wounded or evacuated sick.

Tyne Cot cemetery is the largest Commonwealth burial ground in the world, with 11,971 servicemen buried and remembered there - 8,373 of whom are unidentified.

Members of the 90-strong New Zealand Defence Force Contingent in Belgium for the commemoration. The memorial commemorates 1166 New Zealanders.

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