New Zealand Embassy & Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

Reburial Ceremony of New Zealand Soldier, Messines Ridge Cemetery, Monday 25 February 2013

Reburial Ceremony of New Zealand Soldier

The remains of an unknown soldier from the First World War were discovered during excavations in April 2012 in Mesen, West Flanders.  Based on objects recovered with the remains including unit insignia as well as the location of the find, the remains were accepted in August 2012 as that of an unidentified New Zealand soldier.

A reburial service for the soldier will be held on the morning of Monday 25 February 2013 at the Messines Ridge British Cemetery in Mesen.  The service will commence at 9:30am.  New Zealand will have a high-level delegation at the reburial led by New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force, Lt Gen R. R. (Rhys) Jones and New Zealand's Ambassador to Belgium, Paula Wilson.  The soldier will be reburied next to the grave of another unidentified New Zealand soldier whose remains were discovered in 2011 and for whom a similar reburial ceremony was held in February last year.

The reburial service is open to members of the public.  Individuals wishing to attend are asked to advise the New Zealand Embassy of their intention in order to assist preparations. 

When: Monday, 25 February at 9:30am

Where: Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Nieuwkerkestraat, 8957 Mesen

RSVPs or queries can be directed to Mr David Dewar, Second Secretary, New Zealand Embassy, Brussels () or by phone on +32 (0)2 512 1040.

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