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Passchendaele Casualty Forms


Archives New Zealand holds the Active Service – Fatal Casualty Forms (AABK 519) of the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1914–18. Accessible below is a selection of forms for nearly 700 New Zealand military personnel who died in the Ypres-Passchendaele sector (Flanders, Belgium) of the Western Front during 1917 and early 1918. This selection includes some of those killed during the October actions of the Third Battle of Ypres (often referred to as the Battle of Passchendaele). Many of these soldiers are buried at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery at Passchendaele, the largest of the Commonwealth War Graves where nearly 12,000 soldiers are buried.

Not all New Zealand victims of Passchendaele are buried at Tyne Cot. Many were carried back to Field Ambulances only to succumb to the wounds later. They lie in cemeteries established near those medical facilities. There are 291 New Zealanders buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery near Poperinge, and another 118 nearby at Nine Elms British Cemetery (including 1905 All Black Captain, Dave Gallaher).

These forms hold such information as name, date of birth, rank and previous occupation of a soldier, and his transfers and movements during service. The date and circumstance of his death is recorded as well as the cemetery and plot number in which he is buried.

Click on a name to view the information recorded on their original New Zealand Expeditionary Force Casualty Form. Soldiers are listed by surname.