Passchendaele retold by children
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 email@example.com 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.’’
Family story: The Passchendaele Society and Suburban Newspapers is running a short story competition remembering the Battle of Passchendaele.