Story: First World War

Memorial to those who died on the Somme

Memorial to those who died on the Somme

The Somme push of September and October 1916 was costly for the New Zealanders, who lost over 2,000 men. Here, two years later, New Zealand soldiers erect a wooden cross in honour of their dead comrades. Four years later, in 1922, a large stone obelisk was erected at Longueval as a permanent memorial to the New Zealanders who fell in the battle.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
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Photograph by Henry Armytage Sanders

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Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Western Front, 1916 to 1917', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012