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Poppies from New Zealand brought to the New Forest

Poppies made by children in New Zealand have been placed at war graves in the New Forest to help remember soldiers who died in World War I. 

The poppies were originally made by pupils at Napier Primary School for a display to commemorate Anzac Day and the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign where around 35,000 Australian and New Zealand troops were wounded or killed.

The poppies have now been brought to the New Forest by Napier resident Janet Cotterill and placed at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery at St Nicholas’ Church in Brockenhurst. 

The cemetery is the final resting place of 93 New Zealand servicemen who were among 21,000 casualties treated at a temporary military hospital in the village.  To discover more about the Forest’s links to New Zealand visit the New Forest Remembers digital portal - www.newforestheritage.org/brockenhurst-a-first-world-war-hospital-village-1916/

This entry was posted by Communications on Tuesday 29/09/2015

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