Memorial to NZ soldiers to be built at Le Quesnoy

The site of the first and only permanent commemoration of New Zealand's part in the Western Front battles of World War 1 will be unveiled next week, in the medieval town of Le Quesnoy.

The New Zealand War Memorial Museum Trust has bought the former mayor's residence for 600,000 ($NZ1.046million) - around half its market value - and will now raise funds to transform the three-storey building and surrounding land into a memorial museum.

New Zealand is the sole country among the major Commonwealth nations not to have a permanent memorial amid the 1914-18 battlefields of France and Belgium.

"The idea was to make sure there was a place New Zealanders could call their own when they visited the Western Front,'' trust chairman Sir Don McKinnon said.

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Source: Otago Daily Times

Date published: 30 Oct. 2018

Daisy Conroy-Botica