Caterpillar Valley Memorial, Longueval

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#28 of 84 in Historic Sites in Somme
Cemetery · Tourist Spot
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  • A wonderful, well kept cemetery that honours many New Zealanders that lost their lives in WW1. Also the original resting place of the unnamed NZ soldier. Well worth the visit. 
    A wonderful, well kept cemetery that honours many New Zealanders that lost their lives in WW1. Also the original resting place of the unnamed NZ soldier. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • This lovely New Zealand memorial brings home how many nations fought and lost their lives in this war 
    This lovely New Zealand memorial brings home how many nations fought and lost their lives in this war  more »
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  • Caterpillar Valley Cemetery is one of the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries in France. Over 5,500 casualties of the Great War are buried here, more than two thirds of them known only unto god. The Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand ) Memorial forms the boundary on the left hand side of the cemetery and commemorates more than 1,200 men of the New Zealand Division who died during the Battles of the Somme in 1916 and who have no known grave. Many of them are undoubtedly buried in the cemetery itself. As with all Commonwealth war cemeteries, Caterpillar Valley is a beautifully kept monument to the men who gave their lives more than 100 years ago. The unknown New Zealand soldier, interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the National War Memorial in Wellington, was previously buried here. A special headstone in Plot 14, Row A, Grave 27, marks his former resting place. The cemetery is situated in the countryside to the west of Longueval on the D20 road to Bazentin. It is surrounded by farmland and is today a peaceful and tranquil spot.
  • Very moving. My son & I visited from Taranaki, New Zealand, to pay our respects to my Grandmothers brother William Peters Rangitake, who was K.I.A. in the High Wood, Battle of the Somme September 1916. Beautifully kept but sad place. R.I.P. Aroha nui Uncle ❤.

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