Battle of Passchendaele Memorial Service

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Battle of Passchendaele Memorial Service

A commemoration service will be held in Blenheim tomorrow to mark 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele in WW1.

In mid-1917, the Allies launched a series of assaults against German forces holding the ridge on which the village of Passchendaele stood, overlooking the city of Ypres in Belgium. Hundreds of thousands of troops from both sides fought and died. For the New Zealand troops, 12 October 1917 has become known as the darkest day as, within a few hours, 843 New Zealand men were killed and about 2000 were wounded.

The service will be held in the RSA Lounge at 11.00 am.

Councillor Mark Peters will welcome guests to the service and deliver the address.

RNZAF Base Woodbourne will be represented by:

  • Flying Officer Jeff Cameron (Base Adjutant)
  • Squadron Leader Dave Woodhouse
  • Flight Lieutenant Dave Vernon
  • Flight Lieutenant Stephen Crawford.


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