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When soldiers ran on to Flanders Fields it was no game and no side won.
In this episode of Trip Notes, we revisit a story published by Herald journalist Nicholas Jones, about his trip to Belgium and the battle sites of World War I.
"A deflated rugby ball and a couple of plastic poppies mark Dave Gallaher's grave," writes Jones.
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"Scrawls, handwritten in Vivid marker pens, make it look like a memento from a modern rugby match: the sort that a child hangs over the halfway tunnel, hoping his heroes will sign."
In his article, published in August 2017, Jones writes about his experience visiting Poperinge in Belgium, which is where Nine Elms Cemetery is located. Dave Gallaher, who captained the 1905 Originals All Blacks team, was killed in action on October 4th 1917 and is buried at Nine Elms Cemetery.
Gallaher was one of about 100,000 New Zealanders who fought in battles that sliced through Belgium in World War I.
Joined by tour guide Freddy Declerk, Jones explored several key sites of remembrance around Ypres to understand New Zealand's shared history with Belgium.
Sit back, relax and enjoy this reading of Field of Honour.
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