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National Army Museum

Issue 57: October 2016

October Despatches

Commemorating the NZ Division at the Battle of the Somme

Somme/Silk Road Exhibition Opens

Discover Relics from the Somme Online

Soldier Story: Going Over the Top at the Somme

Memories of War and Peace: A Musical Concert

Kidz HQ Day 2016

Celebrating Conservation Week with Major Pat Hibbs

Online Shop

Commemorating the NZ Division at the Battle of the Somme

Commemorating the NZ Division at the Battle of the Somme

Poppy wreaths laid during the Battle of the Somme Commemorative Service.

The Battle of the Somme which began for our troops on 15 September 1916 marked New Zealand's first major engagement on the Western Front. The price our troops were to pay for their involvement in the offensive was a heavy one. More than 2100 New Zealand men were killed at the Somme over a period of three weeks, a loss close to that of Gallipoli yet suffered over a much shorter span of time. A Commemorative Service was held at the National Army Museum on 15 September to remember those who served and the lives of the fallen at the Somme.

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Somme/Silk Road Exhibition Opens

Somme/Silk Road Exhibition Opens

During the opening of 'Somme/Silk Road' by artist David Woodings.

Artworks by artist David Woodings trace the changing relationship with family of an unnamed soldier fighting on the Somme in 1916. This timely exhibition coincides with commemorations for the 100th centenary of the Battle of the Somme and was officially opened and blessed during our Commemorative Service on 15 September.

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Discover Relics from the Somme Online

Discover Relics from the Somme Online

Engraved with the word 'SOMME', this ring is considered an example of WWI Trench Art.

Delve further into the National Army Museum collection with our online exhibition highlighting a selection of artefacts attributed to the Battle of the Somme. From sweetheart souvenir brooches sent to loved ones at home to weapons captured from German forces on the front line, discover the legacy of the Somme experience and the lasting impact it had upon those who took part.

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Soldier Story: Going Over the Top at the Somme

Soldier Story: Going Over the Top at the Somme

Newspaper clipping donated to the National Army Museum alongside a small collection of Harold Beach's belongings.

Private Harold Lagor Beach was just 22 years-old when he was involved in an attack at the Somme on 16 September 1916. Learn about Harold Beach's story as part of our online exhibition covering the Battle of the Somme.

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Memories of War and Peace: A Musical Concert

Memories of War and Peace - A Musical Concert

The Acardian Singers of Taihape with Musical Director Helen Gordon.

A musical concert with a twist! Memories of War and Peace was held at St David's Church in Taihape on Saturday 2nd October, an event inspired by the exhibition Farewell Zealandia: Forgotten Kiwi Songs of WWI.

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Kidz HQ Day 2016

Kidz HQ Day 2016

Kidz HQ members trying out their salute during a visit to the Army Clothing Store.

Kidz HQ members were invited to an entertaining day out at the nearby Waiouru Military Camp during our annual Kidz HQ Day earlier this month.

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Celebrating Conservation Week with Major Pat Hibbs

Celebrating Conservation Week with Major Pat Hibbs

Military Personnel on an exercise within the Waiouru Military Training Area.

Waiouru Military Training Facility Commandant Major Pat Hibbs shared some of his thoughts on the values of conservation within the New Zealand Army's largest military training area and why he feels it is so important to protect.

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The Online Shop

The National Army Museum has recently opened a new online shop that sells a range of military books, DVD's, gifts and memorial related products. Check out some of the great products on offer featured below!

Hand-Painted Flute - Large Poppy Print

Hand-Painted Flute - Large Poppy Print.

National Army Museum Cap - Camo.

National Army Museum Cap - Camo.