The New Zealand National Commemoration for the Battle of Passchendaele will take place at Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Zonnebeke at 11 a.m. This is the largest Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in the world. It contains 520 New Zealand graves and further New Zealanders are listed on the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in the Battles of Passchendaele.
The day will conclude with a sunset ceremony in Buttes New British Cemetery in Polygon Wood at 7.15 p.m. finishing at 8 p.m. The New Zealand Memorial to the Missing for those 388 New Zealanders who were killed in the vicinity of Polygon Wood between September 1917 and May 1918 and who have no known grave is located within this cemetery. The cemetery has 95 known New Zealand graves. There are, however, over 1600 unknown soldiers buried in this cemetery.
Access to these commemorations is not balloted – they are open to anyone wishing to commemorate New Zealand’s military service during the First World War regardless of nationality.
More information: http://ww100.govt.nz/passchendaele
Following the National Service in the morning of the 12th, buses will return guests to parking C and also offer the opportunity to get off the bus at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, where refreshments and food will be made available for purchase. Visitors may wish to visit the Museum.
On the occasion of “100 years Battle of Passchendaele”, a unique original underground WW1 construction, The Zonnebeke Church Dugout, is temporarily opened. The dugout is situated next to the church of Zonnebeke, located at the Passchendaele Memorial Park. The underground complex is one of the best preserved dugouts in the region because the Allies built the dugout beneath the foundations of the former church. The structure consists of a main gallery of nearly 29 meters long, side corridors, five rooms and two access stairs and is about 5 meters underground. Guest can reserve tickets for the museum and the dugout in advance on www.passchendaele.be/tickets.
A BBQ will be offered between 12h and 15h to a maximum of 500 guests. The BBQ will be held in the marquee at Passchendaele Memorial Park, next to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Tickets (7€) for the BBQ can be purchased through our website www.passchendaele.be/tickets
In addition to these events there are a number of private initiatives being organized around this period. These include activities arranged by the New Zealand Pilgrimage Trust. For more information see here.