Planting remembers battle of Le Quesnoy
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.