Arras 2012

In April 2012 a group of descendants and supporters travelled to France and Belgium to commemorate the ninety-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Arras.

Photo gallery

More photos and brief reports from specialist tour guide Simon Godly on the Battle of Arras commemorations and the visit to Sapper Michael Tobin's grave
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Letter from Jeff Tobin
descendant of the first NZEF enlistment to die on the Western Front, NZETC Sapper Michael Tobin.

NZETC 2012 Tour participants and brief biographies (PDF)

Text from the ninety-fifth commemoration of the Battle of Arras
presented by representatives from Arras and NZETC descendants and supporters.

News from the other side of the world (PDF)
Letters home from NZETC enlistments that provided background for the presentation

Sam Vernon (PDF)
Great great nephew Stuart Park tells the story of his relative who was the first New Zealand Tunneller to die as a result of enemy action. View the Unit Diary recording his death.

As part of the National ANZAC Day Commemorative Service held in Wellington the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. John Key read a letter from Tunnelling Company Sapper J.E. MacManus to the widow of Sergeant Sam Vernon. Click here to watch the video.