Greg Moyle: A museum at Le Quesnoy will remember our war contribution.
Why do we need or want a New Zealand war memorial museum at Le Quesnoy, France?
The answer is not simply because there is not a New Zealand war memorial museum in France and Belgium telling the story of the 70,000 who served there between 1916 and 1918, and the 12,500 who did not return home, although this is obvious to those of us who have visited the World War I battlefields in on the Western Front.
Traditionally, the rite of passage for many New Zealanders travelling in Europe is to visit Gallipoli in Turkey. While Gallipoli is important as the location of the first major military action by New Zealanders in WWI, far more New Zealanders fought on the Western Front.
Date published: 30 Oct, 2018