Sunday, September 4, 2016

Prince of Wales to attend NZ WWI commemoration

The Prince of Wales will attend the New Zealand commemoration for the Battle of the Somme in France later this month.

The World War I British cemetery, the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery in Longueval, in the Somme, northern France.

The Caterpillar Valley Cemetery in Longueval, in the Somme in France  Photo: AFP

Prime Minister John Key has announced Prince Charles will attend the wreath-laying ceremony at the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial at the Caterpillar Valley War Cemetery on 15 September.

The prince will be attending in his role as Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army.

Mr Key said the Prince of Wales had attended many commemorations for New Zealand during the World War I centenary period, including at Gallipoli last year.

The New Zealand Division sustained 8000 casualties, with 2111 of those dying.

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