|An Ammunition Train of the New Zealand Division |
Passing Through Longueval Village, September 1916
By James Patton
In 1916, New Zealand troops endured 23 days of unbroken fighting—the longest of any division on the Somme. As a result, there are two notable monuments to their sacrifice in the area. Near the extreme point of their advance is the New Zealand Division Memorial about a mile from their 15 September jumping off position around Longueval village. It stands on the site of the German defense line, known as the Switch Trench. From the memorial, looking to the south, the line of the New Zealand attack can be seen from Caterpillar Valley cemetery and the open slope up which they advanced.
|New Zealand Memorial|
|Field Marshal HRH The Prince Charles Lays a Wreath |
at the Memorial to the Missing