War story read at ceno­taph

Manawatu Guardian - - REVIEW -

The story of how New Zealand sol­diers freed the French fortress town on Le Ques­noy at the end of World War I came alive at the Palmer­ston North ceno­taph over the week­end.

Doc­u­men­tary pro­ducer Jude Dob­son, who is re­leas­ing six video sto­ries about Le Ques­noy on NZME this week, read the chil­dren’s story about the lib­er­a­tion at the ceno­taph this week. The book was writ­ten by pre-em­i­nent New Zealand war his­to­rian, Massey Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor Glynn Harper.

Jude’s grand­fa­ther, Ernest Kirk, fought at Pass­chen­daele. The lib­er­a­tion of Le Ques­noy, cap­tured by Ger­man forces in 1914, was the last ac­tion by NZ forces, a week be­fore the end of the war.

The cen­te­nary of the lib­er­a­tion will be cel­e­brated on Novem­ber 4 by a party of New Zealan­ders in­clud­ing sev­eral peo­ple from the Manawatu¯ .

Jude Dob­son reads a chil­dren’s story to (left) Lu­cia Par­sons and Ad­di­son He­hir.

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