War story read at cenotaph
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.