To commemorate the Battle of Arras of the 9th April 1917 the town of Arras organises a commemorative ceremony at the Wellington Quarry (Battle of Arras Memorial).
The ceremony begins at 0630 hours (0530 British Time) to coincide with the launching of the battle.
Thousands of soldiers had spent the night in the tunnel systems under the town waiting for Zero.
This year we were honoured by a party of relatives of some of the New Zealand tunnellers who had been responsible for digging the tunnels.
They read letters from home and newspaper articles before laying a wreath in the presence of their Ambassador to France HE Rosemary Banks and Brigadier Lofty Hayward the Head of Defence Staff, New Zealand High Commission.
Following the dawn ceremonies in Arras the group of Descendants continued out to Beauval Communal Cemetery where they honoured the first New Zealander to die on the Western Front : Michael Tobin.
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