Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Field of Remembrance

In Room 10 we have been making crosses from a kit we received.  The crosses bear the names of local men and woman who gave their lives in World War I.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign where 2779 New Zealanders died (one-fifth of the New Zealanders who landed on the peninsula).  This was a huge loss for a small country whose population was 1 100 000.  

The total number of New Zealand troops and nurses to serve overseas in 1914-1918, excluding those in British and other Dominion forces, was 100,444. Forty-two percent of men of military age served in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). 16,697 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 were wounded during the war - a 58 percent casualty rate.  Approximately a further thousand men died within five years of war's end, as a result of injuries sustained, and 507 died while training in New Zealand between 1914 and 1918.  New Zealand had one of the highest casualty and death rate per capita of any country involved in the war.

Thank you to all of the class members who all put in a lot of effort to create our field.  We will be leading a service to commemorate the day tomorrow.

Photos by Evahn.


  1. Hi Mrs Hog and class
    Jackson from tamatea intermediate in napier here
    I really liked your post because it featured lots of interesting facts about the death toll of new zealand troops. Our school has a field like that as well, the class leaders made it outside our class so we get to see it all the time. How did you create that amazing collage of your pictures and what website did you make it on
    Thanks, have a look at my blog at

  2. Hi I'm Bree-Ann I am a student at Tamatea Intermediate Napier, nz I like how you set up all the cross's for the soldiers that died in gallipoli. at our school we also set up some cross's Did you have someone in your famiy that died in the war.

  3. Hi my name is Pearl I go to Tamatea Intermediate in Napier.I really like the photos . We also have done some crosses for ANZAC and put them in the playground. See have a look at them they are on my blog here is a link to my blog Are any of you guys going to the dawn parade???

  4. Great idea to get the kids involved and better understand what ANZAC day is all about.

  5. Hi Mrs Hogg, Evahn here. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn more about ANZAC day and show our respects. It was lots of fun taking all those photos while you guys set up the crosses.

  6. You might be a bit horrified to hear this, but someone kicked over the crosses.


    Thankfully we have moved them to a small grass patch right outside our classroom.
    We also hosted an ANZAC service today.

    Lest We Forget.