Buttes New British Cemetery (New Zealand) Memorial

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Buttes New British Cemetery (New Zealand) Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Zonnebeke - Buttes New British Cemetery 2.jpg
Buttes New British Cemetery, with the New Zealand memorial to the missing in the background
For New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Location 50°51′20.16″N 02°59′29.07″E / 50.8556000°N 2.9914083°E / 50.8556000; 2.9914083Coordinates: 50°51′20.16″N 02°59′29.07″E / 50.8556000°N 2.9914083°E / 50.8556000; 2.9914083
Zonnebeke, Belgium
Designed by Charles Holden
Here are recorded the names of officers and men of New Zealand who fell in the Polygon Wood sector September 1917 to May 1918 and whose graves are known only to God.
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The Buttes New British Cemetery (New Zealand) Memorial is a World War I memorial, located in Buttes New British Cemetery, near the town of Zonnebeke, Belgium. The memorial lists 378 officers and men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force with no known grave who were killed between September 1917 and May 1918 while serving in the Polygon Wood Sector or in the Battle of Polygon Wood.[1]

The Polygon Wood Sector was part of the Ypres Salient, and many of the deaths in the period in question were due to the conditions in the trenches during the winter of 1917 to 1918.[1]

This memorial, designed by the English architect Charles Holden, is one of seven such memorials on the Western Front to the missing dead from New Zealand. The others are located at Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Caterpillar Valley (Longueval), Grevillers, Tyne Cot, Cite Bonjean, and Marfaux.[1]

Other memorials and cemeteries in the area, related to the battle, are the Australian 5th Division memorial (which is in the form of an obelisk), and the Polygon Wood Cemetery.[2]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Buttes New British Cemetery (New Zealand) Memorial, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, accessed 10 February 2010
  2. ^ Polygon Wood Cemetery, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, accessed 11 February 2010

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Further reading[edit]

  • From the Uttermost Ends: A Guide to Sites of New Zealand Interest on the Western Front in Belgium and France (Ian McGibbon, OUP Australia and New Zealand, Dec 2001)