12 October 2017
CWGC takes a look at New Zealand in the First World War as the country marks the darkest day in its military history
On 12 October 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, New Zealand suffered the greatest disaster in its military history in terms of lives lost in a single day. The Commission commemorates in Belgium some 2,170 servicemen of New Zealand forces who died during the Third Battle of Ypres, of whom more than 840 died on 12 October 1917. As hundreds converge on CWGC’s Tyne Cot Cemetery for the New Zealand National Commemoration today, we take a look back at the country’s significant contribution in the First World War.