Battle of the Somme Commemorative Service
The New Zealand Infantry went into action on the Somme on 15 September, 1916 as they fought to take the village of Flers. The conflict was New Zealand’s first major engagement on the Western Front, a battle characteristic of poison-gas shells and unrelenting artillery fire which would result in devastating loss of life. Of the 15,000 servicemen who took part around 6000 became casualties after three weeks of fighting. Today over 2000 New Zealanders lay buried on what were once the battlefields of the Somme.
On 15 September 2016, the National Army Museum held a special commemorative service in our Roimata Pounamu Tears On Greenstone Memorial to honour the brave New Zealand servicemen who fought at the Somme.
Discover the legacy of the Somme experience for New Zealand with our online exhibition, highlighting a selection of objects attributed to the Battle of the Somme held within the National Army Museum collection.