Passchendaele – 100 years since New Zealand’s bloodiest day

It is 100 years to the day since New Zealand suffered its bloodiest day in military history. On no other day than 12 October 1917 has New Zealand lost so many service personnel than it did in the muddy hell that was Passchendaele. Widely considered by Germans and non-Germans alike to be the worst of the worst in terms of World War 1 battles, it was a quagmire that both sides came to detest.

Take a moment today to stop and remember who went to war and never came home. Has your family lost anyone in war and if so, where and when did they die? Who did they leave behind?

The famous lines from Binyon become appropriate as we give thanks and remember what for a little island nation half a world away, was the worst day of World War 1.

The shall grow not old

As we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them

Nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning

We will remember them

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