Pass­chen­daele retold by chil­dren

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Hey kids . . .

Did one of your rel­a­tives fight at the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele dur­ing World War I?

Here’s your chance to write about them and share your story with all of our read­ers on­line.

Your work will also be judged by mem­bers of the Pass­chen­daele So­ci­ety and you could be among those cho­sen to place a poppy in mem­ory of the fallen dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum on Oc­to­ber 12.

The con­test is spon­sored by Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, pub­lisher of the Cen­tral Leader, and is open to young peo­ple up to the age of 16. En­tries should be no longer than 250 words.

En­trants are en­cour­aged to talk with older rel­a­tives and use ad­di­tional bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion avail­able on web­sites such as the Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum ceno­taph data­base, the War Graves Com­mis­sion and Arch­way Ar­chives.

Back­ground de­tail is also avail­able at pass­chen dae­le­so­ci­ety.org.

The last day for en­tries is Septem­ber 30.

Send your sto­ries to on­line.ad­min@snl.co.nz and type Pass­chen­daele Com­pe­ti­tion in the sub­ject line.

And don’t for­get to keep an eye on cen­tral­leader.co.nz to see your piece on­line.

There were around 2700 Kiwi ca­su­al­ties dur­ing the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele at the Western Front on Oc­to­ber 12, 1917.

The Pass­chen­daele So­ci­ety was set up to help keep the mem­ory of the fallen alive and in the pub­lic eye.

Hon­orary trea­surer Phil Martell en­cour­ages young peo­ple to take part in the con­test and com­mem­o­rate the ef­forts of soldiers like his own grand­fa­ther, Alexan­der Wors­fold, who missed the birth of a daugh­ter called Joan while he was away at the war.

Alexan­der sur­vived Pass­chen­daele and re­turned home to re­name the lit­tle girl Zon­nebeke af­ter the town where he and fel­low soldiers were camped fol­low­ing the con­flict.

‘‘That girl was my mother,’’ Mr Martell says. ‘‘Many other fam­i­lies will have sto­ries like this and we look for­ward to read­ing them as part of this com­pe­ti­tion.’’

Photo: ARMY MU­SEUM WAIOURU

Fam­ily story: The Pass­chen­daele So­ci­ety and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers is run­ning a short story com­pe­ti­tion re­mem­ber­ing the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele.

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