St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst
New Zealand Commonwealth War Cemetery
At St Nicholas Church in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, are Commonwealth War Graves. They mark the final resting place of almost a hundred New Zealand men who died during World War I.
18,166 New Zealanders died in this war. That is 7% of all men aged between 18 and 45, from a country that then had a population of 1,090,000.
Total New Zealand casualties were about 55,000, and of those 21,004 were treated in New Zealand General Hospital in the village of Brockenhurst before it was closed in 1919.
The original wooden crosses marking the graves were replaced in 1924 and this cenotaph was erected in 1927. The area is maintained under the auspices of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
After the war a collection in New Zealand provided funds for a church bell to be struck and engraved.
The New Zealand flag, donated by the hospital commandant, hangs inside the church alongside a Roll of Honour.
A special memorial service is held here on Anzac Day (25th April)
There is a service and wreaths are laid on Remembrance Sunday in November.
Red poppies are placed alongside each grave where they remain throughout the year unless they are taken by the squirrels.
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