Plant­ing re­mem­bers bat­tle of Le Ques­noy

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A short cer­e­mony was held on Sun­day to com­mem­o­rate the

100th year since the bat­tle of Le Ques­noy in France, with a tree of re­mem­brance planted by Mayor San­dra Goudie (pic­tured above).

It was a year ago that the deputy mayor of Le Ques­noy, Marie Jose Burlion, and pre­vi­ous mayor Paul Raoult took a del­e­ga­tion from France to Whanga­mata’s World War I Le Ques­noy Me­mo­rial For­est.

The Whanga­mata site is one of eight World War I Me­mo­rial For­est sites pay­ing trib­ute to New Zealand sol­diers who fell in a par­tic­u­lar bat­tle or to the men from a par­tic­u­lar Coro­man­del Penin­sula town who were killed in the war. Over the years, these groves of trees will ma­ture into forests, which the coun­cil says will pro­vide quiet places for peo­ple to visit and re­mem­ber the sol­diers.

The Gov­ern­ment site Nzhis­tory records that the lib­er­a­tion of Le Ques­noy was one of the many cam­paigns that New Zealan­ders fought on the Western Front, the line that stretched across north­ern France and Bel­gium. The ma­jor­ity of New Zealan­ders killed in the World War I lost their lives in the bat­tles that raged there from 1916 to 1918.

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