Friday, 13 October 2017

100th anniversary since Paschendaele

12 October 2017 marked 100 years since New Zealand's darkest day of war on the fields of Paschendaele, Belgium. This was the most unfortunate and bloody battle that claimed the life of my great uncle, George Edward Keymer, aged just 23 years. 12 October was also significant because it was the anniversary of of the death George's fiancee, Frances Harken, who passed away in 1984, exactly 67 years after losing the love of her life.

To remember Uncle George and acknowledge this significant anniversary I visited the Auckland War Memorial Museum & the memorial at Auckland Boys Grammar, with George's niece. Together we paid our respects to all those who died that dark day in Paschendaele. Lest we forget.

Another relative left an interesting photograph of George at his memorial cross. It is a photo I've not seen before.

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