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BATTLE MEMORIALS.

NEW ZEALAND'S DEEDS.

GALLANT WORK COMMEMORATED. At lhany historic i>oints on the Western front memorials are beaig erected m memory of the deeds ,pf British and colonial troops. Thus the Australians have already completed meiflorials at Polygon Wood, Pozierep, Bellenglise, Mont St. Quentin, and Sailly-le Sec, while another site has been selected on the ridge midway between Corbie and Villers Brettoneux. Five British regimental and one Canadian memorial have also -been completed, and sites ' have been selected for eight additional Canadian and two South - African memorials. S° f ar as New Zealand is concerned it is proposed to erect four memorials— one at Gravenstafel (about 3-J- kilos, southeast of Passchendaele) , another at Messines (m the centre of the town), and a third at High Wood (near.Factory Corner, about 1 kilo, north of Longueval and 3 kilos southeast of Flers), and the fourth at Le Quesnoy : (m the centre of the town). *The Belgian Government has promised to present the site which has been eelected at Gravenstafel, and to consent to the New Zealand memorial being placed m the town ' of Messines. The sites at Gravenstafel and Hi.ah Wood are m country districts round which there is no likelihood of villages being formed. Both sites are on high ground easily visible over the low land separating them from the neighbouring towns. The site at GFravenstafel will be seen easily from Passchendaele and from the high road at Zonnebeke, running from Ypres to Roulevs. At High Wood the memorial will be visible from Flers, and probably the upper part of the monument from Longneval. At Messines and Le Quesnoy the proposed sites would be m the central "Place" of each of these towns. Messines has yet to be rebuilt, and m the meantime it has been suggested that 1 it might be more advisable to select a site on the hill adjoining, for it was ! ' the messines Ridge as well as the town \ i which was captured by the New ZeaI landers. It is urged by those who support this course that it is a mistake i to put memorials which have a wide and deep interest as part of the decoration of a city. In the same way with regard to Le Quesnoy there is some difference of opinion over the suitabil- : ity of a separate New Zealand monument m the town, seeing that the people of the city are erecting a largememorial costing 100,000 francs on which will be inscribed the names of the New Zealanders and the record of , their exploits. Le Quesnoy is an exceptional town m that it lias its original walls surrounded by the low-lying lland which once formed the moat. i The scaling of these walls by the New Zealanders m their capture of Le Quesnoy is a unique/incident m tlje whole of the war, and it is suggested that this might very appropriately be -commemorated by a large stone sculp- , turned panel (10ft. x Bft.) let into the ancient wall representing the scaling of the walls by the New Zealanders. In front of the monument the ancient moat mights be retained and laid out as a sunk garden separated from a level garden by an appropriate stone balustrading. Americans, Canadians, and Australians have already erected memorial tablets m Amiens Cathedral, and it is suggested that New Zealand should be similarly represented there. The New Zealand forces took part m the defeat of the, Germans before Amiens on March 25, 1918, and this exploit and the part they played m the defence of the city would be commemorated by the proposed tablet. The tablet would be of light coloured marble, and the following inscription hae v been suggested : — "To the glory of God and m honour of those members of the New Zealand forces who; together with their comrades m arms, gal--1 lantly fought and died for the defence of this city.— March, 1918." 1 This would be surmounted by the New • Zealand badge.

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BATTLE MEMORIALS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XLI, Issue 9479, 30 March 1921

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BATTLE MEMORIALS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XLI, Issue 9479, 30 March 1921

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