Grevillers NZ

Location

Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial is situated in Grevillers British Cemetery.

Grevillers is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 3 kilometres west of Bapaume. From Bapaume take the RD929 in the direction of Amiens, turn immediately right onto the RD7, where a signpost indicates the direction of the cemetery. After 500 metres turn left at junction onto RD29, where a signpost again indicates the cemetery, which is on the right after a further 50 metres.

Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial

Historical Information

The Memorial commemorates almost 450 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the defensive fighting in the area from March to August 1918, and in the Advance to Victory between 8 August and 11 November 1918, and who have no known grave.

This is one of seven memorials in France and Belgium to those New Zealand soldiers who died on the Western Front and whose graves are not known.

The memorials are all in cemeteries chosen as appropriate to the fighting in which the men died. The village of Grevillers was occupied by Commonwealth troops on 14 March 1917 and in April and May, the 3rd, 29th and 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations were posted nearby.

They began the cemetery and continued to use it until March 1918, when Grevillers was lost to the German during their great advance.

On the following 24 August, the New Zealand Division recaptured Grevillers and in September, the 34th, 49th and 56th Casualty Clearing Stations came to the village and used the cemetery again.

The cemetery and memorial were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 
Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial

Here are recorded the names of officers and men of
New Zealand
who fell in the battles of the Somme, March to August 1918
and in the final victorious advance August to November 1918.

Their graves are known only to God

 
Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial

I do have photos of all the panels but as can be seen, over the years the names have faded in places.


Grevillers British Cemetery Grevillers British Cemetery