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The Battle of Messines and Brig Les Andrew VC


Wed 7 Jun 2017, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Palmerston North Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Colonel Colin Richardson retired from the New Zealand Army in 2016 as Executive Officer HQ Joint Forces NZ.

As well as operational postings in Germany and Cambodia, he had previously been New Zealand’s Defence Advisor in Canada. He had also served as an instructor at both the Australian Army Staff College and more recently the Australian Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.

Colin originally completed a BA in Military Studies at UNSW, and subsequently Masters degrees at Waikato, Canberra and Deakin universities. With Glyn Harper, he co-wrote a history of the Victoria Cross in New Zealand.

The Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917 was a well-executed plan that achieved all its objectives. This presentation discusses the background and execution of the Battle of Messines, with particular attention to the New Zealand Division's participation, to highlight why this operation was such a success, and also local hero Brig. Leslie Andrew, VC who was born in Ashhurst in 1897 and won his VC at Messines.

Jeremy Matthews will also share family memories of his great grandfather Brig. Leslie Andrew.

Light refreshments from 6:30pm, presentation from 7pm.

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